Wednesday, June 19, 2024

UPND has A Representative to Monitor the Printing of Ballots in Dubai – Nkombo

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The United Party For National Development (UPND) Chairman for Elections Gary Nkombo says the party has managed to dispatch a representative to the United Arab Emirates to monitor the printing of ballot papers for the August 12th General elections.

Mr Nkombo says it had become difficult for the party to dispatch a Zambian-based observer due to strict Covid 19 restrictions imposed by the UAE on Zambian residents and needed a special Visa that could only be obtained through the ECZ.

He revealed that the party representative, Richard Njolomba had by 22nd June 2021 bought the air ticket as well as obtained a Visa which unfortunately was rejected as he needed a Government to Government consented Visa which could only be gotten through the Elections body.

” We made frantic efforts to have our representative get the special visa through the ECZ but there was inertia on the part of the commission leading to the party running out of time hence the reported lack of representation in Dubai,” he said.

The Elections Chairman has however assured the general party membership and the country that a representative based in the UK has since been dispatched to Dubai to monitor the printing due to relaxed entry requirements between the UK and UAE.

Earlier UPND Chairman for Elections Gary Nkombo says the party has managed to dispatch a representative to the United Arab Emirates to monitor the printing of ballot papers for the August 12th General elections.

Mr Nkombo says it had become difficult for the party to dispatch a Zambian based observer due to strict Covid 19 restrictions imposed by the UAE on Zambian residents and needed a special Visa that could only be obtained through the ECZ.

He revealed that the party representative,Richard Njolomba had by 22nd June 2021 bought the air ticket as well as obtained a Visa which unfortunately was rejected as he needed a Government to Government consented Visa which could only be gotten through the Elections body.

” We made frantic efforts to have our representative get the special visa through the ECZ but there was inertia on the part of the commission leading to the party running out of time hence the reported lack of representation in Dubai,” he said.

The Elections Chairman has however assured the general party membership and the country that a representative based in the UK has since been dispatched to Dubai to monitor the printing due to relaxed entry requirements between the UK and UAE.

Speaking to journalists earlier Secretary General Batuke Imenda told disclosed that despite completing all documentation correctly the person who was assigned by the party to travel had his documents rejected because they said Zambia is among the countries blacklisted to travel to Dubai due to covid 19.

He said the names and conditions were submitted and the conditions approved.

We were surprised when they informed us that the said visa was not approved by the Dubai government due to covid 19.

14 COMMENTS

  1. I hopeupnd will not cry foul when they lose elections.

    I can see among other reasons upnd will petition the results is No observer from Zambia attended the printing of ballot papers.

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  2. So why didn’t issue the requisite documentation. Only that bafoon, chama, had his documents sorted out…why? What is pf trying to hide?

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  3. 57 years after independence, you cannot print your own ballot papers, you cannot finance your national elections without donors chipping in and you do not have an internet network of your own.
    57 years after independence your engineers cannot design a bridge, your architects cannot design a tower block, your doctors cannot treat Covid. Your Presidents are buried in donor funded graves. Everything is dependent on foreigners. Ati, ‘This great country.’ Parliament passes laws full of lacunae, ati ‘This august house.’ A country that is not at war and has had no terrorists for decades has a President travelling with a heavy military police presence as though we are surrounded by enemies. What a shame!

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  4. Upnd, can you send as many observers as you can so that you dont cry foul!!!!

    PF, dont make HH cry again. He has been crying since he started losing elections. His juju and tr1bal1sm is not working for him.

    Good luck PF.

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  5. This what it is if a political party always fight states machinations. AALN & AM they advise these goons wrongly!

  6. This is practically an impossible task. One person cannot monitor the printing of ballot papers under stringent Shariah laws and the purportedly Covid-19 restrictions. What doest this mean? The UPND observer can be shown one print room whilst another one is printing the pre-marked ballots unbeknown to the observer.

  7. Really Zambia Really? How do we manage to print campaign posters locally and cannot print ballot papers?? I will never understand this country

  8. Hoooly sh!t from UK??? ZAMBIANS are losing elections again? Gary this is baddd boyi, you need go there tomorrow.
    Whats the svcker’s name? Don’t tell me the UK chap has a d!ck, and its not that deported idyot Larry…
    Anyway, let KK get rested first so we help these UPND bastards. our families can’t continue to suffer under PF thugs.
    HH has to win!!! He has to..

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