President Edgar Lungu has challenged stakeholders and opposition political parties to explain why ballot papers should not be printed locally.
Speaking on arrival from Kigali, Rwanda at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (KKIA) in Lusaka today, President Lungu said the country has the capacity to print ballot papers.
President Lungu said claims by stakeholders that printing of ballot papers locally will encourage rigging is baseless.
The Head of State has since called on concerned parties to indicate how elections can be rigged so that all the loopholes are sealed.
He said in 1991 ballot papers were printed locally and the then opposition Movement for Multi-Party Democracy (MMD) won the elections.
President Lungu stated that stakeholders are free to inspect the facility before ballot papers are printed out so that they can give recommendations.
He further said the problem with Zambians is that they love complaining without any evidence, a situation he described as unfair.
President Lungu said there is need to move forward and ensure that the country does not spend so much money in printing of ballot papers abroad.
The Head of State said time has come for Zambians to look at the positive side of printing ballot papers locally so that the local industry may also benefit.
Meanwhile, President Lungu said it is important to learn from the happenings in other countries on tribal issues.
President Lungu said tribal issues if not well handled has the capability of bringing trouble in the country.
He added that the problem with tribalism is that innocent people are the ones that are victimized and segregated against.
The President said it is a well-known fact that people in the country have suffered on account of their tribe regardless of the province they come from.