Chairperson Judge Esau Chulu
Chairperson Judge Esau Chulu

Electoral Commission of Zambia Chairman Justice Essau Chulu has announced that Al Ghurair Printing and Publishing Company of Dubai will print the ballot papers for this August general elections.

Justice Chulu told a meeting of political stakeholders in Lusaka this morning that the decision to award the contract to the Dubai firm was arrived at after a re-evaluation of the 13 bid submitted to ECZ.

“Following the appeal and re-evaluation process for the tender of printing of ballot papers, the Commission has awarded the tender to print ballot papers to Al Ghurair Printing and Publishing Company of Dubai, as per practice the Commission will sponsor one agent to witness the printing of ballot papers alongside other stakeholders,” Justice Chulu said.

And the announcement that the Dubai firm will print ballot papers drew angry reactions from political stakeholders who accused the ECZ of bleeding unnecessary tension in the nation.

FDD leader Edith Nawakwi said the stance taken by the Commission has the potential to cause anarchy in the nation.

“Zambia is at peace but your position is pushing us in a direction which we the Zambian people are totally uninterested. Can you for once, step backwards, step backwards and listen to the people. This is our country, it does not belong to the ECZ, it does not belong to Government,” Mrs Nawakwi said.

And UPND Chairperson for Legal Jack Mwiimbu accused the ECZ of facilitating the rigging of elections by the PF.

“We are aware of the celebration by other people concerning the printing of ballot papers in Dubai, we are aware of the evil intentions pertaining to the printing of ballot papers in Dubai. Mr Chairman, we as Honourable Nawakwi has indicated, we are the stakeholders and you must listen to our concerns.”

But Justice Chulu defended the decision to go ahead and award the tender to the Dubai saying stakeholders failed to provide evidence to show that the firm did not qualify.

Justice Chulu who became upset told off the stakeholders not to issue threats on individuals saying the decision was a collective one.

“We can’t throw tender procedures from tender or procurement act to do what u want. We are not trying to be intransigent,” Justice Chulu said.

“I take great exception to be addressed with disrespect. Let’s not encourage hate speech. Let’s not get on each other’s personality. That’s unacceptable. These people were challenged to take evidence of malpractice against the said company but brought nothing,” Justice Chulu said.

And Justice Chulu has announced that the Commission has formulated the referendum question which will be used in the referendum.

He disclosed that the referendum questions will be as follows, “Do you agree to the amendment to the Constitution to enhance the bill of rights contained in part 111 of the constitution of Zambia and to repeal and replace Article 79 of the Constitution of Zambia”.

Justice Chulu said citizens will be expected to answer ‘YES’ or ‘NO’ by marking against symbols which will be provided adding that the symbol for the YES vote will be an eye and NO will be an ear.

Meanwhile, it was heard during the meeting that 47 forged certificates, three from universities with one from an overseas university were presented to the Examinations Council of Zambia for verification.

The Commission also revealed that eight political parties have so far paid down payments for the presidential nomination fees.

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136 COMMENTS

    • Zambians! Always complaining. You failed to produce evidence against the firm and only brought forward great grandpa VJ’s senile rantings as evidence! Deal with it and let’s move on you cry babies!

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    • Posterity shall judge. Today it appears fun to appease a paymaster and those who have their political fortune dwindling. What one is forgetting is if the PF were popular and knew they were they would not go to these lengths. What Chulu and Issacs are forgetting is that Zambians have chosen peace over anarchy and that is why they have the jobs. But voting is just one aspect of our lives. There is a lot more and the power of the rising people cannot be stopped. That said, I surely HOPE there is no plan of rigging because if there is, today’s announcement will be a testimony against Chulu and his family. The destroyer of peace. Money or promotion cannot be exchanged for peace and integrity.

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    • Today it might appear well planned but the plans of man and mouse are always awry. When all is said and done and the Zambian people’s voice shall be heard. Greed and selfishness shall not stop the voice of the people and when people arise no one can shut us down until we are heard. The elections shall be but the beginning of the change. I am sick and tired of getting sick and tired. This time I will follow my vote and make sure it counts. Anyone who shall not respect my vote does not deserve my respect. There are a lot of dictators who have been on the run in exile after the people’s uprising.

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    • Even in Rwanda and Burundi had people the likes of Kudos and 2020Vision et al who chanted slogans even when they knew deep down their hearts that this is not how things ought to be. There are many PF supporters here who are cheering. But this is not about ECL or HH or Nawakwi, these are just but individuals who will be safe in the comfort of their riches to escape anarchy. This is about Zambia the beloved country of God. The cadres here shall then say we did not plan for this to happen but it will be too late to even start the blaming game. What Chulu and Isaacs are doing is brewing disaster and we sit an watch with PF cheerleaders clapping. God shall set this country free from tyrants. No evil shall prosper even from an Evil Cunning Leader (ECL)

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    • Mr justice Chulu you wont gate away with this.You have touched the lions tail.

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    • Founded in 1978, Al Ghurair Printing & Publishing LLC (AGPP) is the printing & publishing arm of the UAE’s leading business Conglomerate ‘Al Ghurair Group’. We are ISO 9001:2008 and ISMS ISO 27001:2013 certified company. With 10 multi-colour sheet fed offset presses, 5 Web offset presses, 5 highly automated binding lines and all other print-finishing machines under one-roof, AGPP has the largest printing and automated binding capacity in UAE. Apart from conventional offset printing we also hold expertise in digital printing, PVC card printing, braille embossing, security documents printing, hologram printing and all types of print finishing options. AGPP has branch offices in Abu Dhabi, Nairobi, Afghanistan, and representative offices at Mozambique, Nigeria and Ethiopia. AGPP exports to…

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    • VIOLENCE AND ANARCHY WILL SOON ENSUE IN ZAMBIA! LUNGU IS PRAYING FOR BLOODSHED IN OUR COUNTRY. LUNGU WANTS TO SACRIFICE INNOCENT ZAMBIAN BLOOD IN ORDER TO PLEASE HIS UNDERWATER MASTERS OF THE MIDDLE EAST. IN FACT LUNGU WENT TO MEET THE PROTECTION MANAGERS OF THIS FAKE BALLOT PRINTING COMPANY OF DUBAI TO SEAL THEIR EVIL DEAL AT SOME SEEMINGLY NEUTRAL GROUND. LUNGU IS A SMOOTH CRIMINAL. LUNGU HAS MYRIADS OF RIGGING SCHEMES IN PLACE. BUT GOD FORBID THE RIGGING. THE PEOPLE OF ZAMBIA WILL TEACH LUNGU A BIG LESSON. LUNGU WACHEPA SANA MWAICHE!

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    • There comes the inflamming blaze that will completely wipe Zambia’s FIVE DECADES OF PEACE. And ECZ will be fully repsonsibel for this. No adjourment: Case closed!

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    • If the 2016 most incompetent and idio.tic president thinks he will do us a Uganda style then he is wrong he will regret it. Iwe chakolwa kaloba Wrungu please stop your nosense.

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    • Ati Ba Edith! How to you expect the ECZ to reverse a decision on hearsay? Ati “listen to the people…” Is VJ the people? The opposition is full of people without proper direction…It is very disappointing!

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    • Surely how do you print your ballot papers in a part of the world where they do not know democracy, A part of the world where there is no freedom of speech, association and movement and you expect good to come out of there.
      Its like asking a sewer treatment plant to produce ice cream for you.

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    • How is it possible to rig when ballots will be counted and results released at respective polling stations with everyone allowed to conduct parallel tabulations? LOSERS know themselves and are crying the loudest…! HH will lose again for the 10th Time…may be this time around he should simply quit politics…Zambians are not going to allow confirmed looters near government coffers….

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    • The atmosphere in Zambia is charged and any sign of ECZ irregularities the country will explode one time. Mark my words.

      The army ,the police and all men and women in uniform are eagerly waiting for that just one spark to be ignited by ECZ.

      Lungu and your stooges find a place where to hide, because what happened to KK in those days is nothing compared to what people will do to you should there be signs of rigging the elections.

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    • VERY INSIDIOUS STANCE BY ECZ. THIS COMES AT A TIME WHEN AFTER LUNGU’S VISIT OF THE MIDDLE EAST WITH VERY LITTLE TRACE OF HIS MOVEMENT EACH MINUTE. THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG HERE!!! ECZ DOES NOT UNDERSTAND THAT ALL STAKEHOLDERS EXCEPT PF ARE WITH THE IDEA AND THEY KEEP INSISTING MAKING THE WHOLE PROCESS VERY SUSPICIOUS. I THINK IF ANARCHY BREAKOUT THE FIRST PEOPLE TO FOLLOW IS THE CHAIRPERSON AND ISAAC. THESE TWO SHOULD BE BROUGHT TO BOOK

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    • ECZ is being insensitive which may cost us as a country. Justice Chulu please reconsider that position, as this will disadvantage PF in the event they win the elections against all odds. The said victory will shift the political situation in Zambia for good where people will lose faith in the election process. That is not good for a country I know now. Chulu think again before you are blamed in the near future. This country is not Uganda which has a strong man in the name of Museveni.

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    • Judge Chulu, you are now seemingly displaying your dullness – this is becoz NO ONE HAS ARGUED THAT YOUR FAVOURED COMPANY DIDN’T qualify!

      THE CONTENTION is, Your favoured company is 1] NOT THE CHEAPEST FOR A COUNTRY THAT IS SO INDEBTED!! 2] WE HAVE GOVT PRINTERS, WHOM WE SHOULD both MORALLY & LOGICALLY be EMPOWERING BECOZ THEY HAVE CAPACITY, there are no logistical problems for as many representatives to monitor the Printing!! 3] Dubai company has been ASSOCIATED with ELECTORAL MALPRACTICE in known disputed elections – there is no smoke without fire!! 4] STAKE HOLDERS IN THIS ELECTION ARE THE PEOPLE YOU ARE SERVING – this is NOT A PRIVATE ELECTION, YOU ARE USING TAX PAYERS MONEY, WE ARE MORE ENLIGHTENED ABOUT HOW OUR MEAGRE RESOURCES ARE TO BE USED, & HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO DETERMINE SO -…

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    • …& HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO DETERMINE SO – IT IS WHY THIS ELECTION IS SO IMPORTANT – WE THE ZAMBIAN PEOPLE HAVE DECIDED TO SEND THE MESSAGE, that WE DO NOT TOLERATE THIEVING & WASTEFUL, NON-CARING GOVTs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Vote wisely 11/8/2016!! Vote Zambia FORWARD!! VOTE UPND!!

      #Chagwamustfall!! PamaFikuyabebele!!

      I thank you!!

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  1. NOW YOU WILL SOON HEAR THE LOSERS COMPLAIN ABOUT THIS ECZ DECISON! THEY WILL CONTINUE CONCEDING DEFEAT BEFORE IT EVEN REACHES THEM. THE GUILTY RUN AWAY EVEN WHEN NO ONE IS CHASING THEM! GO ECL GO! THE MOST HUMBLE PRESIDENT THIS COUNTRY HAS EVER HAD!

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    • Procurement procedures are that you go for the cheapest (cost effective) and competitive in delivering the product. Dubai company was not.

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    • LULU @2.1
      Where did you do your procurement studies? The tender is always awarded to the MOST COMPETITIVE bidder. The most competitive bidder is the one who scores the highest total points of the valuation process.

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    • It’s not the voting that’s democracy; it’s the counting. ~Tom Stoppard, Jumpers

      It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything. Joseph

      The purpose of an election is not to name the winner, it is to convince the losers that they lost. The winner rarely contests an election, the winner has little reason to investigate discrepancies. It is the looser that will always do this. Dan Wallach

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  2. If the so called stakeholders don’t understand the Procurement Act and are prepared to abrogate its guidelines, how will they procure when they rule. God help us. ECZ should proceed.

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  3. NOW YOU WILL SOON HEAR THE LOSERS COMPLAIN ABOUT THIS ECZ DECISION! THEY WILL CONTINUE CONCEDING DEFEAT BEFORE IT EVEN REACHES THEM. THE GUILTY RUN AWAY EVEN WHEN NO ONE IS CHASING THEM! GO ECL GO! THE MOST HUMBLE PRESIDENT THIS COUNTRY HAS EVER HAD!

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    • It is funny how the empty head calls those who seek validity and reliability in government institutions as losers. Those of us who seek accountability do so because we have businesses and workers in our employ to think about. When the economy is biting it does not bite us as much as it does the people who depend on us. Yet there are people like the PF bloggers who depend on handouts during campaign season who post without thinking about the future. The past 8 years have been a breeding ground for cadres, this year regardless whether HH or ECL wins, it will be 5 long years before the cadres will receive handouts again. Many will phase out and their homes will be dry. Cadres will fade away and not all of them will be appeased.

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  4. Deal with it Kaponya (HH) and cronies Inc. Well done ECZ, independent and very professional. We take great exception to the insults, disrespect and slander from Mmembe, Kabimba, Vernon and Kaponya (HH). I would rather vote for a dog than this Armageddon Kaponya (HH)

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    • Kudos the fact the you include (HH) after the work Kaponya shows the you and your readership do not believe the HH is a kaponya and would not know who you mean when you just write Kaponya. That means HH is not a kaponya. He will never be and will never act like one. You may vote for a dog or frog. For some of us we have done so before in Kaunda days. There is no shame in that. All the name calling does not remove from the fact that you are just but one disgruntled fella who, along with your com-padres fail to come to terms that this year the elections are tough especially for the ruling party. The push is on, Change shall surely be achieved.

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    • @Mr kudos this not a mater to joke .Tell your boses that ifintu na fipena.Dont take us for granted we are pigs.You will receive what you deserve bakabolala.

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    • So Edgar Chikolwa Lungu is a dog Kudos?

      Please do not insult the dogs! They are loyal, determined and selfless in their devotion to duty.

      Selfish and greedy Lungu does not even know what those things are!

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    • HH does not suit the word kaponya by far including ECL. However, one is intelligent and a role model while the other is a failure and crook.

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    • #Kudos Iwe Chika.la cha no.ko bano.ko icinene kwati mwau wa koni we are talking about real issues and you bring your idio.tic behaviour tomban.oko iwe wa tomba.noko waifyala umun.ofu wano.ko.

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  5. What more do these opposition parties want? Go and campaign and don’t waste time arguing that the election has been rigged. Uno muku you will see how unpopular you are. Viva ECL

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    • Point of correction it is not the opposition parties. It is the Zambian people irrespective of political affiliation. We want peace. You see, the ECZ is the referee and must ensure a fare game. By the fact that you write Viva ECL it shows that PF is in favour of what ECZ is doing. One wonders if PF is not sleeping with ECZ why are you cheering. Favouratism is not allowed. Bias is not allowed. Adamant leaders are not supposed to be supported. In anarchy women and children suffer the most. Are you ready to be a refugee?

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  6. The problem of appointing relatives as commissioners. This Chulu is some relative of one of the contenders. What do you expect? Nonsense.

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    • THOSE ECHOES ARE FAMILIAR – OF PEOPLE CONCEDING DEFEAT! YOUR POPULARITY IS ON MEDIA AND YOU CAN’T BEAT ECL! THE ROADS, HOSPITALS, SCHOOLS AND OTHER INFRASTRUCTURE THAT HAS COME UP DESERVES APPRECIATION. YOU WILL SEE IT COME 11th AUGUST, 2016 AS THE MAJORITY VOTER ZAMBIANS ENTRUST ECL FOR YET ANOTHER MANDATE.

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    • OK thank you very much for the job well done ECL and the PF. Now we shall kindly ask you to rest from your hard work. We know you do not want to rest but we have seen how slacking you are now and we shall kindly ask you to step aside after August 11. Thank you. Are you happy now?

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  7. I, as a mature Zambian citizen , take exception to the claim by any politician that he or she and their political parties are the stakeholders.

    Furthermore, they have no right, legitimate or otherwise, to get personally emotional and upset and seek to lead the country into anarchy.

    It is citizens, such as I who are stakeholders. We may hold no political position or title, but are the ones who must determine our prosperous destiny of growing peace.

    I urge Zambian citizens to keep a very close eye on the likes of Nawakwi and the named UPND spokesperson, and expose their tendencies towards anarchy.

    I challenge the Zambia Police and Secret Services to be very professional and bring to book any architects of anarchy in our nation.

    Peace and a prosperous future for Zambia.

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    • my friend, No you cant be my friend. you are just stup1d zambian. this is country will burn and you will cry foul.

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  8. what justification for higher priced tender than the fact that the Dubai company has agreed to clandestine manoeuvres to rig the elections hence the inflated figure ($3m), double what the RSA company bid. ECZ you have put Zambia on a war path.

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  9. Mid East is embroiled in confusion, and thats where these filish ECZ goes to import the very confusion that exists there to Zambia… shame…!!!

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  10. This is unbelievable and unacceptable of its highest order.
    What evidence was ECZ looking for when it was in black and white that the preferred bidder was very expensive. I wish to agree with Edith Nawaki that this decision will bring anarchy in the country. But not to worry the God the poor people serve is powerful and he will listen to their prayers and liberate them from poverty as he liberated the Israelites from Egypt. Mark my words, God is never mocked! He always brings to light the dealings of darkness.

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    • Lungu has invited mfekane on himself.We shall not sleep till we crush him.

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  11. This is what we call independent decision making. There is no way ECZ which is an autonomous body mandated to run the electoral affairs of this country will be cowed to move both forward and backwards. Thumbs up ECZ and Commisioner Chulu.

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    • MUTAFELA,

      Judge Chulu has no heart for Zambia. How can such a decision be arrived at immediately the President returns from the country where ballot papers are going to be printed?

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    • Jean Jacques Rousseau wrote ” Man is born free, but is everywhere in chains”. Yes ECZ is ‘independent’ but must be subject to the stakeholders. The public and political parties that take part in elections are such stakeholders that encumber the freedom and independence of ECZ.

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  12. I know of Rain bow party, MMD,FDD and GEEN PARTY the other two only Judge Chulu can tell

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  13. “…This is our country, it does not belong to the ECZ, it does not belong to Government,” Mrs Nawakwi said..”

    Well, neither does it belong to a handful of good-for-nothing, conceited, cocky, self-appointed ‘representatives-of-the-masses’ opposition political ‘leaders’!

    The real stakeholder is the ordinary Zambian citizen who does not even attend those useless meetings…

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  14. This is not an issue of providing evidence. There are enormous suspicions around this tender to a Dubai company. We are talking if a national election. The decision by ECZ, colluding with PF it’s master, is provocative and an incitement towards anarchy. It was Lungu who recently spoke in Uganda for losers to give way for the winner to govern. How do you govern a country under this kind of climate, hostility and anger? Can you be a happy president when you impose yourself on the will of the people? It does not matter how much pro-PF bloggers push this matter down our throat. It’s a far gone conclusion Lungu is inviting trouble not only to himself but to the country. Discerning leaders are able to read the mood very accurately and succumb to the will of the people. That was how KK called…

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    • I’m told there’re also suspicions regarding all other printers that tendered. Perhaps we should just forget about printing these ballots since different stakeholders are expressing different suspicions on all companies. Imagine how foolish this sounds! Let the law prevail and not unfounded fears!

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  15. ….. early elections in 1991 even when he had a constitutional right to end his term. Wisdom, discernment and good leadership are qualities of a good leader.

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  16. Zambia has been peaceful for more than 50 years and it will be very sad for someone’s NAME to go down in history as the person that brought suffering to Zambian people because of insolence and appetite to remain in power. It is just not worthy it. Everyone should remember Ivory Coast, there are lessons to be learnt from there.

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    • This is SAD DAY for Zambia.Chulu and priscila Mulenga working together with Lungu will spill blood of thousands of people.

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  17. This satanic evil decision by ECZ must be reversed immediately. That dubai company is suspect and expensive.

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  18. Why is it that PF carders are happy with all the ECZ decisions even weird ones. These are the same people who were going to the polling stations with their ball pens just because of suspicions of rigging by the MMD even when MMD was more credible and trustworthy than you PF. You are being hypocritical ba PF.Why should the opposition not question clearly irrational ECZ decisions that are driven by nothing else but helping PF to win the August elections. Nevertheless, your machinations will not work in Zambia if it worked in Uganda, here will thrash you because our eyes are wider open to schemes.

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  19. Fimo tulesumina to avoid unnecessary disappointments. No normal Zambian can reject Lungu and PF. The govt has worked beyond our expectations. France and Nigeria changed govts what miracles can you see from these govts apart from demonstrations and civil conflicts. Take your selfish UKO mwikatuletelela.

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    • @Sampa if you want peace tell them to abash Dubai,or else twula izandamuna.Even our fore fathers had to shed blood for this independepence.Fisanga a baume.Si Zambia ya nyoko Lungu.

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    • rubbish contribution how do can you compare an orange to a donkey? because you are able to eat the crambles from your ECL and bandits you think every one else is benefiting from your corrupt activities.Your days of reckoning shall surely come to pass.You reap what you’re sowing now. Lesa ala linganya !!!!!

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    • Mr Sampa, there is also evidence pointing to the fact that the South African has been paid by HH,GBM to rig for UPND.That is why we did not want ballot papers being printed in South Africa. Balemona kwati balicenjela.As Lubinda will say mwaloba ilyauma.Ba HH, GBM daily,daily ni ku South africa ati mulishemo ilya Company, too bad bamigonga bafikala.Pokeni fye indalama shenu..Viva Lungu.Under five wanya..

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  20. A learner carpenter always blames ECZ. Sela to bombeko iwe. Sonta apo washile money ya privatization iwe.

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  21. Dubai, Saudi Arabia…all the same……um where did the honourables from the PF just return from ??? makes one wonder why the ECZ have now suddenly made their final decision !!!!

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  22. Well done ECZ. These losers expect ECZ to be INDEPENDENT and yet want to dictate where ballot papers should or should not be printed!! If they have sensed defeat already let them not contest. Even if ballots were printed in one candidate’s garage in new kasama, it’s the electorate out there who will decide who becomes their president.

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  23. Even a baby cant get a stupid story like rigging. How can PF rig when GBM and Miles including Guy Scot are looking. Just waste your money in campaigns.

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  24. AL GHURAIR PRINTING AND PUBLISHING – THE BIGGEST PRINTING AND PUBLISHING COMPANY IN THE MIDDLE EAST…..DUBAI AND SAUDI ARABIA ALL FORM PART OF THE MIDDLE EAST !!!!!! THINK ABOUT IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  25. ECZ has never been loved by any opposition party because of the rig’n myth which to me is nkani yamu kachasu.. If PF did it in 2011 what can stop the UP & Down party from doing the same? oH they cant… Southern Province isnt the whole Zambia. Cry all you want PF and EL are winning. And as i conclude – Bembas and easterners!!! Remember how they voted!! Lets do the same. Lets teach these selfish people a lesson.

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    • YES THEY WILL DO WHAT THEY DID IN 2011 – —-REMEMBER MUGABE ARRIVING 3 DAYS BEFORE THE WINNER WAS ANOUNCED TO CONGRATULATE ECL ? HOW WAS HE SURE THAT PF WOULD WIN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  26. With Al Ghurair Printing and Publishing Company of Dubai printing the ballot papers , Pf is now 100% sure that the elections have already been won. You should listen to their language from now on, it will be full of boasting, insults and disrespectful attitude. I wish we had more brave men like General Miyanda to lead us into the streets to protest against this biased decision. IT is even better to post phone the elections than giving PF 5 years of misrule. Having Chishima Kambwili, Mumbi Phiri and Dora Siliya for another 5 years is sickening to the bone. Someone please help us.

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  27. Give tender to government printers or south African company, these opposition parties will still accuse government and ECZ of planning to rig elections just like they in last election when ballot papers were printed in South Africa. Zambia has most useless opposition parties. ECZ has challenge you to provide evidence and you have failed to do so, yet y’all just crying like little babies and just making ECZ job difficult. You the ones with bad intentions.

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  28. ECZ breeding confusions.
    Zambians must reject the dictators crawling in all areas of our country.
    ECZ has turned into an ugly monster that will always cause nightmares among all Zambians.
    2016 is becoming a war year for Zambians.
    But people will react against the current regime through the ballot box.
    Whatever what happens the reality will be known and corrective action will be taken by Zambians.
    Anything can happen in Zambia now with compromised organizations like ecz.
    ECZ putting our lives at risk.

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  29. HAD IT BEEN RSA YOU WOULD HAVE COMPLAINED EVEN MORE, ……GOVERMENT PRINTERS YOU WOULD BE INSULT EVERYONE AND EVERTHING……… THE TRUE IS THAT YOU GOT NO CHOICE AT ALL.

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  30. Those of you who say $3m and $1m or something, are you sure you have the right information about these costs or you heard from VJ as usual? Can one post these tenders on the internet so that we ague with facts….

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  31. If opposition parties accept this its as good as endorsing the rigging.Our votes will not count because the pre-marked ballots will vote for us. The issue is how to stop the PF rigging train? This Dubai Printer is key to PF’s rigging template. The elections are heading for a dispute just like the Ugandan elections. ECL knows without rigging he cannot win these elections and that is why they are insisting on using the services of this discredited Dubai Printing company.

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  32. This man chulu is a dunderhead who wants the country to be on fire just to protect his pay master. And the f00l even says he takes great exception to being disrespected. The nincompoop judge thinks he deserves any respect. You are very dull judge Chulu, that I am very sure of. That’s why you think the only way you can survive is when your paymaster ECL is in power. I am sure you have always been a corrupt element through out your career. You a source of shame to the legal fraternity. In case you have a short memory, ask another f00l by the name of Enerst Sakala what happened before the PF came into power. The 1diot thought he will always eat from Rupiah Banda and even refused to greet Sata at the cathedral of the holy cross.

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  33. viva lungu , as pf heads for another victory, period complain complain even in your dreams

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  34. Father God, I send confusion and miscalculation in the camp of EC Lungu and Kudos genre in the name of Jesus.
    Heavenly Father, turn their victory into sorrowful humiliating defeat.
    Father God, any stratagem programmed in the sun, moon and stars to cause evil by the enemy is cancelled and fizzles out in the name of Jesus.
    I send Holy Ghost atomic bombs to raze wickedness in the enemies camp.
    Where a pit has been dug, may those that dug fall into it and piece their corpus on uncountable spears.
    The furnace that has been fired seven times, now annihilates the enemy that fired it.
    The lions devour the false accuser, The gallows set for HH, hangs his enemies,
    The mockers are laughed by God into derision.
    Stubborn Pharoah’s first born die in Jesus’ Name.

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  35. failures owez complain, south Africa mwamba azaba, government printers baza rigging, whom do u recommend, u pretend to be educated while u are dull. viva ecl.

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  36. Personally I expected ECZ to give a tender to a company say from UK. Just like concerns are for the Dubai company, there should be concerns for UPND insisting on the South African Company. In the interest of removing suspicions ECZ should reflect on their decision and instead give the contract to a neutral company and that company should not come from south Africa or Dubai.
    The Church Mother bodies these are the issues they should intervene in and give spiritual guidance so that everyone contesting the elections has the confidence in the referee. Imagine a football match were one team feels the referee supports their opponent. In my view ECZ should reconsider their decision.

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  37. The opposition parties MUST IMMEDIATELY GET AN INJUNCTION TO STOP THIS DECISION BY ECZ UNTIL THEIR CONCERNS ARE ADDRESSED IN FULL! THEY SHOULD NOT COUNT ON ECZ BEING REASONABLE BECAUSE ECZ HAS A LOT TO HIDE. IF IT MEANS GOING TO THE HAGUE SO BE IT!

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    • I expected this decision from ECZ because ECZ and PF have everything to hide. K Bwalya you are right: The opposition parties must come together and show leadership on this matter by obtaining an injunction against this decision by ECZ.

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  38. UPND is having a poorly attended rally in kafue,only small childrens,no show up for HH,
    GBM,MILES and his team since 09:00hrs when UPND cadres gathered at matanda stadium
    in kafue.

    VIVA Edgar Lung…

    SONTA EPOWABOMBO

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  39. Thinking forward: Church mother bodies and civic organizations should engage the government and propose that the printing be done in one the countries with strong governance systems such as the UK, Germany,etc. Let us avoid these shady deals. I expect them to also critically follow up the government of the day on the registration of foreign nationals. I believe this was a rigging strategy which the previous government was using but the PF have done it in excess hence the expose’.

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  40. A West African man I met yesterday made an observation, said West Africans are very extreme in reacting to situations compared to East and Southern Africans who are very placid. He said, he could never imagine for instance how Mugabe could stay for the length he has if it was in Nigeria because one way or another someone would not stand for it and by whatever means they would have got rid of him. This is what is happening with the ECZ acting with impunity because they know Zambians are docile. How sad and pathetic.

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    • You mean the same Nigerians who were ruled by the army for donkeys years and who only managed to change governments of an incumbent last year for the first time since independence in 1960?

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    • we are not docile but reasonable people who value life above power. They changed government in nigeria recently, haven’t they turned against the same man they were praising. Youths have even burnt offices and homes of MPs or is it governors demanding jobs. We value peace thats why the same people come to live in Zambia, why is he not in Libya.

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  41. This is a reckless decision on the part of ECZ. Judge Chulu should be held responsible for the decision which, if not properly managed, will be the start of the end of peace in Zambia.

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  42. @K Bwalya-The opposition parties MUST IMMEDIATELY GET AN INJUNCTION TO STOP THIS DECISION BY ECZ UNTIL THEIR CONCERNS ARE ADDRESSED IN FULL!
    THIS MEANS TO POST POND THE 2016 GENERAL ELECTIONS AND EDGAR LUNGU WILL CONTINUE
    TO BE THE PRESIDENT OF ZAMBIA UNTIL 2021

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  43. Can please the the party of the so called intellectuals produce credible evidence about this company than just threatening anarchy. Threats will not help you win the election.

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    • By this very act Justice Chulu has lost credibility and respect. ECZ should not just ask at evidence but what is important is people’s perceptions .The majority of stakeholders feel the ECZ is working to rig the election in favour of PF. If this perception is not corrected there is a big risk of plunging the country into chaos. Why is it that only PF is happy with printing the ballot papers from Dubai?

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  44. This a taboo to Zambia and it is clear that E.C.Z and the Zambian government have agreed to rig the forthcoming general elections by using the crooked Dubai printing company. Why has ECZ chosen to go for one of the highest priced offer of $3.5m and ignore the $1.9m by a south African printer? fate will judge these evil brute beasts for compromising the security of Zambia. They have registered foreigners as voters; They have burnt use of mobile gadgets at poling stations; they have said no recounting of votes at polling stations in case of dispute and they have gotten themselves immunity from prosecution. What is the meaning of all this? ECZ the mother of all formal rigging in Zambia shame upon you. God is watching you though.

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  45. Now I agree that our president is also a crook. Why hasn’t he called upon ECZ to go for the lower priced deal of $1.9 million in order to save some money if he really cared for Zambia more than himself? Ba ELC ba ipaya Zambia in just 1 year 8 months. Ba Sata wouldn’t have done this.

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  46. This is sad that even after more than 50 years of independence Zambians can still be treated as fools by our politicians. Why not respect the opinions of the citizenry and do the right thing instead of acting against what the people want. ECZ is compromized and frankly these elections will not be free and fair. We need to rise up to this dictatorship to protect the future of our children. The likes of Kudos are paid and do not care if this country is destroyed by the likes of ECL.

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  47. Don’t you worry Adam, PF is relying so much on the Al Ghurair Printing and Publishing Company of Dubai and registered foreigners to usher him into State House, so there is no need for him to campaign.

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  48. Bami Kolopa Zooona, 4.5 million against 2 million, SELA IWE, TUCHILI TULEBOMBA

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  49. Who told you that we are interested in violence and blood shed? the people talking about violence. We are the ones with intentions. We the zambians want to vote in peace the the one who attains 50%+1 will be accepted as president

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  50. In my view, international donors as stakeholders should suspend all forms of aid to Zambia. Certainly the future for Zambia looks bleak. No one can guarantee peace after 11th August if ECZ itself fails to guarantee free and fair election by ensuring that all electoral processes are above board . Why suddenly has the Dubai company become attractive over other companies including even those companies that have printed our ballot papers in the past!! It is like we black people enjoy ourselves more when we are living in an environment where there is confusion. Zambia is moving towards the Burundi situation. The international community should start organizing for peace keepers. Enough is enough. We are now ripe for “friendly” confrontation.

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    • Kikikikikikiki, are you in Zambia Ka.to.Le iwe for you to say we are heading the Burundi root? Lol

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  51. As per tradition send one representative to go and witness the printing of the ballot papers simple as drinking water.
    make sure you send an educated person who will witness the rigging you are crying foul , otherwise the process will shame you that it is clean.
    human beings are the ones who shall vote not ballot papers alone, i dont understand these political novices.
    encourage people to vote for you unlike this childish game of crying defeat before casting a vote.
    my wish is that HH, NAWAKWI BOYCOT these elections and leave EDGAR go unopposed.
    if you dream of war start it let us see where it shall end, where are your houses, villages and old people.
    stop being *****ic with baseless reasoning
    mpangela

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  52. Zambians are for peace and will uphold the objective of democracy. 1 no animal should be more animal than others. all animals are equal. hehehehehehehe my GOD come please and tell them.

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  53. I just want to share with you this prayer from one blogger going by the name of Ba Douglas, “Dear God in heaven please help us with this disease called lun guh which is trying to kill many lives here in our country.
    Dear God we are praying that you rule this country in the mighty name of Jesus. people lets avoid this disease by saying no to violence!!!! together we can do it. because we are one Zambia one nation, not lun guh destroy our lives twakana!!!”

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  54. we are warning Esau Chulu and Priscilla Mulenga not to try their dirty tricks on the electoral process as Zambians are very much alive as to what they are trying to do for Edgar. They will spend a lot of time at Mukobeko if they allow themselves to be used by Edgar. There are high level informants all over at red brick, ECZ, Police, Army, ZAF etc. who are positioning themselves to take over from their bosses but who currently are in the meantime part of them in planning for their mischievous activities. Even at cabinet level there are informants who have remained with Edgar to pass information to the opposition who want to be nominated MPs or similar once there’s change of power. They will be surprised how they will be betrayed very soon just before elections. My advice to all the men and…

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  55. When the ballot papers were printed in South Africa just before the January 2015 elections, is it not the same UPND goons led by Dante Saunders who intercepted trucks from South Africa believing they carried pre-marked ballot papers only to find they were carrying furniture? Even if the ballot papers were printed in South Africa this time, these paranoid UPND goons were still going to find a fault and cry foul! If they don’t want to contest these elections, let them boycott them and life will go on. If they resort to any mischief, the law should visit them.

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  56. Praise the Lord! The guy thought he was going to do something in RSA! God bless Zambia! Let God arise and all his enemies be scattered! Zambia is not for sale!

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  57. Lungu was right Zambians dont read. The Uganda case the quote so much the judge said ballots were delayed to opposition strongholds. That is the job of the commission in that country. The court never said there was anything wrong with Dubai company. But Post, Watchdog, UPND is misleading people. Kaunda lost in 1991, Mazoka was close, Sata beat Banda, if UPND indeed as support why are they worried? It is not possible to rig if UPND has massive support.

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  58. To avoid unnecessary talking and useless debates, let ECZ the ballot papers be printed in bweengwa where HH was born.

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  59. VERY INSIDIOUS STANCE BY ECZ. THIS COMES AT A TIME WHEN AFTER LUNGU’S VISIT OF THE MIDDLE EAST WITH VERY LITTLE TRACE OF HIS MOVEMENT EACH MINUTE. THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG HERE!!! ECZ DOES NOT UNDERSTAND THAT ALL STAKEHOLDERS EXCEPT PF ARE WITH THE IDEA AND THEY KEEP INSISTING MAKING THE WHOLE PROCESS VERY SUSPICIOUS. I THINK IF ANARCHY BREAKOUT THE FIRST PEOPLE TO FOLLOW IS THE CHAIRPERSON AND ISAAC. THESE TWO SHOULD BE BROUGHT TO BOOK

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  60. God for bid. All those with motives to burn or bring chores into our beloved country Zambia we bring them before you dear Lord and in your own way deal with them. We totally surrender such people to you as we declear peace, tolarance and love that surpasses human understanding. In the name of Jesus we pray Amen!!!

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  61. HH is a loser here again.he thought he can control ECL-Never!!PLUS UPND MUST PREPARE FOR MORE HELL BECAUSE THE MAN ON TOP OF ECZ MR ESAU CHULU IS A FIRM MAN!!!NOBODY CAN MOVE HIM!!!WE TOLD YOU THAT ECZ WILL PRINT BALLOT PAPERS TO DUBAI AND THERE WILL BE NO CHAOS IN ZAMBIA!!ECZ ANNOUNCED THIS TODAY AND ZAMBIA IS QUIET.WHY SHOULD WE CAUSE CHAOS FOR HH?NEVER!!HH HAS LOST 4 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS SINCE 2006,WHERE ALL THOSE BALLOT PAPERS IN DUBAI?NO.IF HH IS POPULAR,HE CAN WIN EVEN IF BALLOT PAPERS ARE DONE IN IRAQ,OR SOMALIA!!THE FACT IS PF IS STILL VERY POPULAR AND ECL WILL WIN IT!!”SONTA APOWABOMBA!!!

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  62. The so called ‘reevaluation’ wasn’t there to start with… they just hoodwinked people to pretend they were redoing the process when the truth is they had already selected this company and just bought themselves some time. That Lungu chose to travel to Saudi Arabia at a time like this raises suspicions.

    Why don’t they make the tender process and it’s outcome public? What were the tradeoff criteria to select this company over the others, including one with a proven record?

    From unproven rumours the SA company was way cheaper; plus they have a proven record in Zambia to print ballot papers. Their reputation is intact too. So unless this Dubai company is from the future with unprecedented technical acumen, it’s hard to understand the decision.

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  63. Perhaps the opposition parties should boycott these elections and let PF contest them on their own. The process of a free and fair elections shouldn’t not only declared to he be fair but it should be seen to be so. The arrogance exhibited by Chulu to be upset is ridiculous when he’s a tax payer paid employee. If he had any small remnant of integrity he would have voluntarily resigned because the stakeholders he’s serving have clearly lost confidence in him and his leadership team. But this is Zambia!

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  64. Imwe even if the ballot papers were being printed at HH’s house, the experienced losing party would still complain. Why should ECZ gun down a genuine printer based on the rantings of one Senile Vernon ‘ Tshala Muana’ Mwaanga !!

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  65. ECL AWINA MUTAMBA KAA, ELO MWAIKAPO NOLILA. THE SHOCK WAVES ARE ALREADY HERE.

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  66. Why dont you use Electronic Voting Machines (EVM). The whole world is using these. Zambia will always find an excuse

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  67. It is very difficult to rig this years election. with PVT. America is ready to sponsor PVT. Other people will do PVT just start. For mayo Nawakwi you if things stay the way they are you just standing to cause a rerun

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  68. only 47 fake certificates? PF party please check the authenticity of Grade 12 certificate of one of your aspiring MPs in Luanshya. Do not say we never told u.

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  69. OPPOSITION POLITICAL LEADERS SHOULD NO CLAIM TO STAKEHOLDERS OVER WHO SHOULD PRINT THE BALLOT PAPERS, THEY ARE INFACT MERELY INTERESTED PARTIES. PLEASE ECZ ALONE.
    THE STAKE HOLDERS ARE VOTERS, AND SINCE WE THE VOTERS HAVE NOT BEEN ASKED ABOUT THE PRINTERS, LET ECZ PRINT THE BALLOT IN DUBAI. FULL STOP.
    WE THE VOTERS WHO ARE STAKEHOLDER HAVE NEVER COMPLAINED BECAUSE WE THAT EVEN IF THEY PRINTED BALLOTS IN NAMWAL, PEMBA, CHIPATA, KASAMA THE INTEREST PARTIS WOULD STILL COMPLAIN.
    AND WE WILL DO THE NEED BY VOTING OUR PREFERED CANDIDATE.
    PLEASE INTERESTED PARTIES (POLITICAL LEADERS) LET US, THE VOTERS THE STAKE HOLDERS DECIDE.

    WEBENA ZAMBIA CHINSHI MULEFWAYA, NATWISHIBA FWEBENE, LUNGU EEH LUNGU EEH NI LUNG EO TULEFWAYA.

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  70. You would be wondering why Kambwili is too much on H.H Kambwili must understand that H.H is unbeatable wachepa leave H.H alone, go to copper stone where you exchanged your degree with with land so that they can build a University we know. Kambwili prepare to go on the street as aold Jerabo just after 11 August. kikikikiki!

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  71. Essau chuulu has no credibility. He is only interested in satisfying his stomach. moreover, he is afraid of being treated like Mutembo Nchito.
    PF are criminals with No sense of shame.

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