By-election ballot papers verified

Printing of ballot papers
Printing of ballot papers

The Electoral Commission of Zambia and political parties yesterday successfully verified the correct consignment of ballot papers for the Chawama and Senga Hill parliamentary by-elections.

A batch of ballot papers was recently sent back to South Africa for reprinting because of some errors on the initial consignment.
Representatives of the five contesting political parties expressed satisfaction and described the ballots as intact after a transparent verification process at the ECZ offices in Lusaka yesterday.

Parties participating in the by election include the Patriotic Front, United Party for National Development, UNIP, National Revolution Party and the Fourth Revolution party.

The parties are tomorrow expected to witness the destroying of the ballot papers that had errors at Government Printers. The errors on the ballot papers included a mix up in allocations for the Senga Hill and Chawama constituencies.

Both ECZ public relations officer Raphael Phiri and ECZ Senior Electoral Officer Zachariah Kunda said during the verification exercise that the ballots would be destroyed in Lusaka.

The reprinted ballot papers which arrived in the country on Sunday would later be dispatched to the three constituencies.
“We have made arrangements with Government Printers to destroy the first batch we had received for Chawama and Senga Hill constituencies’ ballot papers that had some errors through shredding them as opposed to burning them which might not thoroughly destroy them,” he said.

Mr Kunda said the commission would dispatch the ballots for Masaiti, Senga Hill and Chawama constituencies on Thursday ahead of the by-elections.

The Chawama seat fell vacant after Member of Parliament Edgar Lungu was elected President, while the Senga Hill and Masaiti seats were nullified by Supreme Court due to electoral malpractices.-Times of Zambia