The FDD says it strongly objects to the printing of ballot papers in Dubai and has called on ECZ to immediately call for stakeholders meeting to quickly resolve the issue.
FDD Spokesperson Antonio Mwanza said the commission has no justifiable reason to print the ballot papers in Dubai as opposed to South Africa where they have been printing.
Mr Mwanza said ECZ exits because of the of political parties hence should not stubborn by being adamant about the issue of printing ballot papers in Dubai.
“As FDD we strongly object the printing of ballot papers in Dubai. We call upon the ECZ to call for stakeholders meeting with political parties to resolve this matter. There is no justifiable reason for the ECZ to print ballot papers in Dubai as opposed to South Africa where they have been printing.
“ECZ has to know that there duty is to ensure that they country has free, fair credible and transparent elections and that the major stakeholders are us the political parties participating in the elections. The ECZ is surviving by virtual of us politician, without as politician there will be no ECZ and therefore as FDD we call upon for an immediate stakeholders meeting to resolve these issues of printing ballot papers in Dubai,” he said.
He accused the ECZ of working with the PF to rig the elections.
“We are strongly suspicious, there is something fishy, ECZ is colluding with the PF to manipulate the out come of the results. The ECZ have to realise that if they go ahead and print the ballot papers in Dubai disregarding the objections of opposition parties then there will be serious post elections conflict that might plunge this country into total chaos, we don’t problems in this country, we have been peaceful for the last 50 years.
“May the ECZ do its due diligence duty of in ensuring that the country holds free and fair elections. The company they want to use is the same company which was used in Uganda and we had problems there where some ballot papers came already marked, we are aware that there were extra ballots and we know that they want to print extra ballots and that shell not be tolerated,” he said.
The ECZ has said that the decision on printing ballot papers has been made and that northing will change despite some stakeholders raising some concerns.