Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) Public relations Manager Chris Akufuna has explained that the people who witnessed the printing of papers remained in Dubai because it was not convenient for them to come back in Zambia alongside the two cargo planes,reports Pan African Radio journalist Hermit Hachilonde.
Speaking immediately after the second Etihad cargo plane touched down at 18:45 hours which departed Dubai at 13:10 hours yesterday, Mr. Akufuna said said political players through their representatives on Friday the 30th July, 2016 at 08:00 hours will verify the ballot papers, adding that ECZ will give the observers the documentation that was given to the printing company for ease verification in a transparent manner.
“The witnesses could not come because these are cargo planes, they will come on Saturday the 31st July, 2016″ Mr. Akufuna said
Meanwhile, Rainbow Party representative Patrick Phiri expressed uncertainties in the manner ECZ have handled transportation of ballot papers.
He said the electoral body should have given the stakeholders documents showing exactly what were in the two planes before touchdown in the country, stating that as Rainbow party they only had information that there were sixty-three pallets of the presidential ballot papers.
” we are only complaining that ECZ did not give us the document showing what the two planes brought from Dubai, we are only told that they are 63 pallets for presidential ballot papers” he said