Foundation for Democratic Process (FODEP) president Alex Ngoma has been caught trying to steal a presidential ballot from the printing plant in Durban, South Africa, the Watchdog has been briefed.
Ngoma, who is also a lecturer at the University of Zambia, was caught on Closed-circuit television (CCTV) and the footage was shown to all Zambian delegates.
The printing of ballots for the 20th September general elections is currently being done by Universal Print Group in Durban South Africa.
The printing is being monitored by political party agents, Zambian security officers and NGOs.
The Watchdog understands that the delegates were warned and told not to carry any ballot outside the printing plant for the security of the ballots.
But the FODEP president Alex Ngoma tried to steal and hid the presidential ballot in his diary but he was caught on camera.
Ngoma first denied the allegations and said that he was being victimizes because he is a government critic.
But when the footage was shown to everyone, he had nothing to say.
The Electoral Commission of Zambia then decided to withdraw Ngoma from the team of monitors and send him back to Lusaka and appear before the ECZ disciplinary committee to exculpate himself.
But for some unexplained reason, the ECZ Saturday morning told delegates that Ngoma will not be chased but that he will be monitored closely.
It is not yet clear what Ngoma intended to do with the ballot he wanted to steal but sources say he wanted to send it to Lusaka by courier.