Don’t go to Dubai to shop, ECZ tells poll observers

Political party stakeholders going to Dubai to observe the printing of ballot papers should focus on monitoring the printing process and not go there shopping, Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) chairperson Justice Esau Chulu has advised.

He said political stakeholders should ensure that they monitor the whole process to avoid speculation of ballot manipulation.

Justice Chulu said the ECZ wanted to ensure that there was transparency in the whole process because the credibility of this year’s election depended on how the Commission conducted itself.

He said the ECZ had been mandated by law to ensure that the country had free, fair and credible elections.

Justice Chulu, however, dispelled allegations by some stakeholders that the Commission starved stakeholders in the last printing of ballot papers in South Africa for 2015 presidential elections.

He described the allegations as unfounded and baseless because it was the responsibility of the Commission to take care of the stakeholders’ bills.

Justice Chulu said it was also important that stakeholders lodged at the same place for purposes of proper time management in terms of logistics.

Al Ghurair Printing and Publishing Company of Dubai will print ballot papers for the August general elections.

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