Al Ghurair Publishing and Printing Company, the firm contracted by the Electoral Commission of Zambia -ECZ- to print ballot papers in Dubai, is expected to print 30 million ballot papers for this year’s general election.
Al Ghurair General Manager, LAKSHMANAN GANAPATHY revealed that each of the categories which include presidential, parliamentary, mayoral/council chairperson and councilors will have 7.5 million ballot papers printed.
Mr. GANAPATHY was speaking during a conducted tour of the plant for the second ECZ monitoring team led by ECZ Commissioner, ALI SIMWINGA.
He stated that the company which has also started the process of digitally putting serial numbers on ballot papers, is also intensifying the printing and packaging of what has so far been completed.
Mr GANAPATHY also commended ECZ for being one of the most organised electoral bodies on the African continent.
And the ECZ has commended the media in Zambia for the manner it is disseminating information on the electoral process in the country.
Meanwhile, the Commission said the overall printing of the four types of election ballot papers in readiness for this year’s polls slated for August 12, has reached 65 percent.
ECZ Director in Charge of Information, Communication and Technology, DYLAN KASONDE said the printing of the presidential ballot papers which was at 42 percent yesterday, now stands at 55 percent.
He added that this also includes other election types where fresh nominations are taking place today.
Mr. KASONDE further disclosed that the printing of ballot papers for 156 parliamentary candidates had reached 82 percent whilst those for local government ward councilors is now at 30 percent from yesterdays’ 18 percent.
Mr. KASONDE, who declined to give the projection of works in the next coming days, said the nine percent increase in the whole process was good enough as only 35 percent of the works is remaining.