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Mwale calls for monitoring electoral packages as they arrive in Zambia

NGOCC executive director Engwase Mwale has called upon fellow civil society actors, political parties, and other key stakeholders to sensitise the electorates on the printing process and actively monitor the packaging sets as they arrive in Lusaka.

Mwale, the civil society representative, said Al Ghurair – the company printing the ballot papers for the August 12 elections – on Sunday briefed the observing team that progress had been made in printing the ballots.

She said according to the company general manager, so far printing works in percentages have been undertaken with presidential ballots at 47 per cent; parliamentary at 62 per cent; mayoral/council chairperson at 92 per cent; and councillor ballots at 29 per cent.

Mwale said in addition, the team was presented with a sample of the packaging of the ballot papers plus other election materials.

The packing would be done according to each polling station with each packaging containing list of all voters at each polling station which will be stuck on the wall outside the polling station; voters register for each polling station that will be used during the voting process; four sets of ballot papers (with security features) for each election of presidential, parliamentary, mayor/council chairperson, and also for the councillors.

Mwale said the number of ballot papers would be packaged according to the total number of registered voters at each polling station with an additional +/- five per cent extras as contingency.

She said each set of ballot papers were clearly serial numbered and bound accordingly in booklets of 50 leaves in each.

“Each leaf will have a corresponding serial number on the tag that will remain in the booklet on the polling day. Enough GEN20 Forms will be made available (for announcing winning candidates at each polling station) for each of the accredited monitors per polling station. Each copy of GEN20 has a Hologram and cannot be photocopied.

Election publicity materials both in English and in one of the seven local languages used in the location of the polling station…” Mwale said. “The boxes with materials so packaged for each polling station will clearly indicate all the serial numbers for all the ballots in each box. The boxes will be clearly marked with the name of the polling station, ward, constituency, district and province. All the boxes will then be packaged in pallets according to the 156 constituencies before being shipped to Lusaka, Zambia by end July 2021.”

She called upon fellow civil society actors, political parties, and other key stakeholders to sensitise the electorates on the process and actively monitor the packaging sets as they arrive in Lusaka and also in the various polling stations where they shall be distributed by the Electoral Commission of Zambia.

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