Political parties and the civil society observing the printing of ballot papers in Dubai have described the process as transparent and professional.
And the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has disclosed that the printing of referendum ballot papers is progressing well and was at 61 per cent as at today morning.
ZANIS reports that George Phiri, who is representing the Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD), spoke on behalf of other political parties and said the printing process was transparent.
Mr Phiri said political parties were happy with security features which Al Ghurair Printing and Publishing has imprinted on the ballot papers.
“I can assure the people at home that in terms of security standards in the printing process, it is secure enough and that this election will not be tampered with in as far as security features are concerned,” he said.
He said the company profile of Al Ghurair Printing and Publishing was impressive and showed that the printer was capable of doing a very satisfactory job using high quality paper, a situation which should not raise any suspicions.
He further said the quality control measures were high at the Al Ghurair Printing and Publishing.
And civil society organisations have said there was nothing suspicious in the on-going ballot paper printing process because everything was done openly.
Julien Mwape from the Zambia Agency for Persons with Disabilities (ZAPD), who represented other stakeholders, said everything was going on well.
Ms Mwape, who is living with a disability herself, said fears that were raised in Zambia over having ballot papers printed in Dubai should now be allayed.
She also expressed happiness with the ability of the Al Ghurair Printing and Publishing Company to print braille ballot papers.
Meanwhile, the printing of referendum ballot papers is progressing well with 61 per cent done as at today morning.
ECZ Commissioner, Emily Sikazwe, told journalists in Dubai today that the numbering of the referendum ballot papers was at 35 per cent while the pad-making of the same was at 19 per cent.
Dr Sikazwe said the printing was progressing well and on schedule.
The printing of referendum ballot papers, which was earlier scheduled to be completed yesterday, has been delayed because of the EID holiday which has just ended here in the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E).
The political parties that are observing the printing of ballot papers in Dubai are FDD, United Party for National Development (UPND), United National Independence Party (UNIP), and the United People’s
Progressive (UPP) party.
Other political parties are the People’s Alliance for Change (PAC), the Democratic Alliance (DA), Rainbow, Green party.
The Patriotic Front (PF) representative is expected in Dubai on Saturday this week.
The other stakeholders represented in Dubai are the Islamic Supreme Council of Zambia (ISCZ), the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC), the Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) and the Zambia Police.