MMD Dismisses Rigging Ploy Allegations

The Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) has dismissed speculation suggesting that the move by government to print ballot papers for the 20th September tripartite elections in South Africa is a ploy to rig the forthcoming polls.
Speaking during a media briefing at the party secretariat in Lusaka, MMD chairman for elections Gabriel Namulambe reiterated that the move to print ballot in South Africa was as a result of the government printers not having the capacity to do the job.
Mr. Namulambe says when he took over the reigns as Works and Supply Minister early this year, the government printers needed about K60 billion to acquire equipment and expertise for printing the ballot papers.
He says following the long process in tender procedures, it was not going to be possible to print ballots papers locally.
The MMD chairman for elections has however said the government printers need recapitalization and high tech equipment for printing.
He says the MMD will ensure that funds in the next budget are allocated to revamp the printing company adding that for any by elections that may occur after this year’s tripartite elections, ballot papers will be printed locally.
And speaking at the same briefing, MMD sympathizer Edward Mumbi advised Patrick Mwanawasa to desist from attacking President Rupiah Banda.
Mr. Mumbi says Patrick is a young man who needs to advance his education adding that President Banda is ready to help him.