Some opposition political parties have unanimously rejected the decision by the Electoral Commission of Zambia to award the tender to print the ballot papers to Al Ghurair Printing Company of Dubai.
And the opposition parties have also rejected the decision by the ECZ to hold the referendum alongside the general elections.
Presenting a petition on behalf of the political stakeholders during a meeting organised by the ECZ at Mika Convention Centre, Rainbow Party leader Wynter Kabimba said the stakeholders are fully agreed that the Dubai firm should not be allowed to print the ballot papers.
Mr Kabimba also stated that political parties want the ECZ to postpone the elections because it is clear that the Commission will not be ready to hold fair and credible elections by August 11th 2016.
The petition was presented to ECZ Chairperson Justice Essau Chulu after the meeting adjourned to allow the stakeholders and the ECZ to hold separate meetings in order to consult further.
After the meeting reconvened, the political parties insisted that the ECZ does not know what it is doing especially with regard to verification of Grade 12 certificates even after the High Court ruling.
Mr Kabimba said the manner in which the ECZ is handling preparations for the elections is a recipe for confusion.
He said holding the referendum alongside the general elections will give fertile ground for electoral malpractice.
But Justice Chulu insisted that the tender to print ballot papers will remain with the Dubai firm because it was the one which successfully bid.
And Mr Kabimba later announced that there was clearly an impasse between the ECZ and political stakeholders over the main concerns raised over forthcoming elections.
The meeting which was expected to close at 12 Hours ended up closing around 16 Hours without any clear resolutions.