Cancel Printing Contract For Ballot Papers, ECZ Told

Cancel Printing Contract For Ballot Papers, ECZ Told

Anti Rigging Zambia has called on the Electoral Commission of Zambia to direct the cancellation of the contract with Universal Printing of South Africa for the printing of ballot papers for the forthcoming elections.
In letter dated 29th July, 2011 the ECZ Chairperson, signed by Anti Rigging Zambia Chairman Willie Mubanga and Legal Director Kelvin Bwalya obtained by Tumfweko, they said it is of grave concern to other political parties that the MMD government is in the forefront of choosing a contractor to print the ballots for the forthcoming elections when it is an interested player.
They said, the ECZ should cancel the contract with the South African printing company since no ballot papers have yet been printed as all political parties are still to declare their candidates.
They state that there is already suspicion of the contractor, and more particularly the MMD government’s involvement in securing the contractor.
They add that it will save tax payers money to have the ballots printed locally as well as empower Zambian companies and avoid what happened in 2008.
The letter has also been copied to all presidents of major political parties including the MMD.

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