UPG will still print ballot papers despite corruption allegations-Isaacs

Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) Director Priscilla Isaacs says it is impossible to act on allegations raised by PF Kabwata Aspiring Member of Parliament (MP) Given Lubinda that Universal Printing Group (UPG), a South African company engaged to print ballot papers for the country is corrupt, as the polling day is near.

According to hot fm, Isaacs said individuals with evidence should present it to Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) and other relevant authorities so that their grievances can be heard.

She confirmed that UPG will print the ballot papers so that elections take place on the set date as there is no local company that has the capacity to the job.

Isaacs further stated said the commission cannot take any action it depends solely on evidence obtained from complainants.

In addition, Anti-Voter Apathy Project (AVAP) Executive Director Bonnie Tembo appealed to political players to focus on campaigns and not allegations levelled against UPG as the elections are around the corner.

Tembo also said the claims of UPG’s corruption are a wakeup call for Zambia to resuscitate her printing company and avoid the alleged anomalies in future.

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