The opposition UPND through their lawyers Dindi and Company have written to the Electoral Commission of Zambia objecting to its intentions to award the tender to print ballot papers to a Dubai firm.
In the letter dated 19th April 2016, Dindi and Company said its clients, the UPND categorically objects to awarding the contract to Al Ghurair Printing company due to procedural impropriety.
It states that the ECZ did not conduct due diligence on this company adding that it the Commission did, it would have known that Al Ghurair Printing company and two other companies provided printing companies in the petitioned Uganda elections that saw the impugned victory of Yoweri Museveni held in that country on the 18th of February 2016.
“Whereas the Supreme Court of Uganda upheld the election outcome, nine Justices read out by the Head of the Supreme Court Bart Katureebe, said they had found valid evidence of electoral malpractices including late delivery of polling materials,” the letter read.
It continued, “That said, our clients object to subject the process of preparing and delivering ballot papers for the forthcoming elections in this country to any firm that participated in the Uganda elections which include Al Ghurair Printing company of Uganda.”
Dindi and Company said the UPND and the general citizenry are inundated with information that the PF top brass have savings account in Dubai and that there strong suspicious that these PF top brass are behind the bidding and awarding of the contract to Al Ghurair Printing company.
“These suspicions create an environment of mistrust whose effect is to poison the election atmosphere.”
It said the UPND demands that the ECZ writes off Al Ghurair Printing company from the shortlist failure to which legal proceedings to quash the Commission’s decision to go ahead with the said company will instituted.
“Our clients echo the clarion call issued by veteran and celebrated Diplomat Vernon Mwaanga that “insistence on printing ballot papers in Dubai against the will of stakeholders is poisoning the election atmosphere,” the letter read.