Al Ghurair Printing and Publishing General Manager Lakshmanan Ganapathy explains the printing process in the plant to the Zambian team which is in Dubai to observe the printing of ballot papers for the August 11, 2016 general elections.
Al Ghurair Printing and Publishing General Manager Lakshmanan
Ganapathy explains the printing process in the plant to the Zambian
team which is in Dubai to observe the printing of ballot papers for
the August 11, 2016 general elections.
Team Zambia has today completed its mission at the Al Ghurair Printing and Publishing Company in Dubai after seeing off the last consignment of ballot papers from the plant to the airport for delivery to Zambia on Thursday this week.

The team reiterated its satisfaction at the work done and the cooperation that existed among different political parties, the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) and other stakeholders during the printing and packaging process.

Himba Malambo of the People’s Alliance for Change (PAC) said it was pleasing that the ballot paper printing exercise has been accomplished without any dissatisfaction among stakeholders.

Ms. Malambo, who spoke on behalf of other political parties, said all stakeholders were happy with the whole process.

And Bishop Shemmy Makelele from the Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia (EFZ), who represented the church in Zambia in Dubai, urged Zambians to remain peaceful and united as they await the arrival of ballot papers and the subsequent casting of votes on August 11, 2016.

Meanwhile, the Islamic Supreme Council of Zambia (ISCZ) has said Zambians should trust the team in Dubai on the information they have given regarding the printing and packaging process of ballot papers.

ISCZ Secretary General Sheikh Shaban Abdulamajeed Phiri, who represented other faith based organisations, said it was encouraging that all stakeholders have expressed satisfaction with the whole process in Dubai.

And the leader of team Zambia Emily Sikazwe said the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) was happy with the work which stakeholders have done during the whole process.

Dr. Sikazwe, who is one of the Commissioners at ECZ, said the unity and the work which stakeholders have done in Dubai was a demonstration that Zambia was ready to strengthen her democratic process.

She said there was transparency and credibility during the team’s stay in Dubai.

The last batch to be transported to the airport in Dubai comprised 189 pallets containing ballot papers for the mayoral/councillor, local government and national assembly elections.

Each of the three levels of elections has 63 pallets of ballot papers.

Yesterday, 155 pallets containing ballot papers for presidential election and the referendum, posters and NRC verification forms were transported to the airport in readiness for delivery to Zambia.

All pallets will have an allowance of 24 hours to allow for cooling in the airport warehouse before being transported to Zambia on Thursday, July 28, 2016.

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    • There’s no such a thing as rigging you under 5s. If hh win are you still going to talk about rigging? Truly under5s.

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  1. Can the Ballot Printing Team confirm there were No extra and premarked ballot papers printed? Lets hope the sealed ballot papers will not be tampered with where they are going to be stored. Also no Presidential Ballot Papers will be sneaked into the stores and at Polling Stations. ECZ must ensure that the number of votes cast in a constituency do not exceed the number of registered voters. We are 16 days b4 Polling Day and when is the ECZ releasing the Final Electronic Voters Register? We suspect this is where the main rigging has been done and fear that we might not be able to vote becoz ECZ has disenfranchised us.

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  2. ECZ, why did they choose an expensive bidder and far away in the middle east, imagine transport, allowances and up keep for this team and ECZ employees swapping trips to Dubai when they know they have limited resources. Now we have seen allowances for polling staff being reduced greatly. Officers who were trained on Friday to Monday from 8.00hrs to 17.00hrs on empty stomachs, ECZ even failed to provide a bottle of mineral water as funds for allowances where not yet even remitted to the councils.

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  3. In the Bible, the number 6 symbolizes man and human weakness, the evils of Satan and the manifestation of sin. Man was created on the sixth day. Men are appointed 6 days to labor.

    A Hebrew slave was to serve six years and be released in the 7th year. Six years were appointed for the land to be sown and harvested. The number 6 is also associated with Satan in his temptation of Jesus.
    LET US QUICKLY USHER IN THE 7TH PRESIDENT IN ZAMBIA.GOD OUT OF HIS MERCY MADE OUR SIXTH PRESIDENT TO SERVE A SHORT TERM SO THAT OUR SUFFERING IS NOT PROLONGED.

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