The Electoral Commission of Zambia says Al Ghurair Printing and Publishing LLC of Dubai emerged the most competitive bidder of the two bidders that met the technical requirement as specified in the bidding documents and the accompanying addenda for the printing of ballot papers.
ECZ public relations manager Crispin Akufuna in a statement to QFM says of the 13 companies which initially submitted their bids at the close of the tender on 22nd January, 2016,only two bidders met the technical requirements.
Mr. Akufuna says the financial evaluation between the two bidders that met the technical requirements as specified in the bidding documents favoured Al Ghurair Printing and Publishing.
He says the Commission has strictly adhered to the provisions of the Zambia Public Procurement Act and is therefore extremely disappointed by utterances and accusations in the media by some political figures.
Mr. Akufuna says the Commission if further perturbed by accusations by FDD leader Edith Nawakwi that ECZ Chairperson Esau Chulu is colluding with the PF to rig the elections by printing ballots in Dubai.
He says representatives of the candidates for the presidential election will monitor the entire process of printing ballot papers at the full expense of the Commission as has been the case in the past.