Ballot papers arrive; verification starts Wednesday

Ballot papers arrive; verification starts Wednesday

Ballot papers for next week’s general election have arrived in the country from Durban, South Africa were they were being printed by Universal Print Group.

The chartered cargo plane carrying the consignment of ballot papers touched down at Lusaka International Airport at 14 hours on Tuesday.

Stakeholders from the church, the civil society and representatives of various political parties witnessed the arrival of the ballot papers.

Electoral Commission of Zambia Chairperson Justice Irene Mambilima said verification and distribution of the ballot papers will start tomorrow.

Justice Mambilima says the distribution will start with the furthest provinces such as Northern, Luapula, and North western.

Justice Mambilima told Journalists at Lusaka International Airport that all the ballot papers that were printed have arrived in the country.

Justice Mambilima said the printing process was good but noted that the only challenges were the errors recorded on one parliamentary constituency and nine local government ballot papers but that this has since been rectified.

She said the ballots which were corrected are in the consignments of the papers that have arrived in the country.

The ECZ Chairperson has since urged Zambians to ensure that they maintain peace before, during and after the September 20 general elections.

Justice Mambilima also appealed to all Zambians to turn up in large numbers and vote for their preferred candidates next week.

The ECZ chairperson revealed that the commission is more than ready to handle the September 20 elections without difficulties or challenges.

Zambia goes to the polls on Tuesday next week September 20,2011.

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