Ballot papers enters North West Province

BALLOT papers for this year’s general elections have started arriving in North Western Province with four districts already in receipt.

The truck carrying the ballot papers for the four districts for Ikelenge, Mwinilunga, Kasempa and Solwezi arrived yesterday in Solwezi around 18:30 hours amid tight security.

And by midnight stakeholders, among them three political parties – the Patriotic Front (PF), United Party for National Development (UPND) and the Rainbow Party – were still busy verifying the ballot papers at the Civic Centre.

But those for Lwanfula, Sobonto and Mapande will have to be airlifted due to inaccessible roads.

And stakeholders in the province expressed satisfaction with the process so far.

UPND representative Sarah Saifwanda told journalists that the party in the province was satisfied with the process although she demanded that stakeholders should be kept informed on every step Government and the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) were taking in the delivery of the ballot papers.

“So far so good, and we are closely monitoring the situation,” said Ms Saifwanda.

The region has 400,575 registered voters in all the 12 constituencies with Solwezi Central topping the list with 81,344 registered voters.