The Electoral Commission of Zambia has disclosed that the printing of ballot papers for next month’s general elections and the Referendum has been completed.
ECZ Spokesman Chris Akufuna said the printing exercise was witnessed by Zambian stakeholders who included members of the civil society, the clergy, representatives of participating political parties, Zambia Police, Anti-Corruption Commission, the Drug Enforcement Commission, the media and members of staff of the Electoral Commission of Zambia.
Mr Akufuna said in a statement that the ballot papers are scheduled to arrive in Lusaka tomorrow, Thursday, July 28 2016.
“The first consignment of ballot papers arrives in Lusaka from the Dubai, UAE at 14:15 while the second consignment of ballot papers arrives from Dubai, UAE at 18:25 Hours,” Mr Akufuna said in a statement.
And Mr Akufuna says women with false nails and nail polish are encouraged to remove them on voting day.
He has since advised female voters to remove nail polish and false nails for purposes of voting.
Mr Akufuna said the Commission will use indelible ink to mark the right thumb of the voter.
“In cases where a female voter insists on wearing false nails or nail polish, the voter’s thumb nail shall be marked on the cuticle (skin at the base of the thumb nail) and the tip of the thumb nail,” he said.
On the training of Poll Staff, Mr Akufuna revealed that the Commission between July 23 and 25th trained Poll Staff to manage elections at polling stations.
He said Poll Staff are entitled to an allowance of K150 per day and that funds were remitted to all districts adding that trainees who pass an assessment will be engaged as Poll Staff will be paid for a subsistence allowances for three days.
“It must be noted that only successful participants will be engaged as Poll Staff to manage elections at polling stations,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Commission will this Friday hold a stakeholders meeting at the Mulungushi International Conference Centre to update stakeholders on the preparations for August 11th polls.