Govt challenged on printing of ballots
The Foundation for Democratic Process (FODEP) has called on government to make concrete steps that will enable the country start printing ballot papers locally.
FODEP executive director McDonald Chipenzi notes that there has been a lot of government rhetoric on the issue of printing ballot papers locally.
Mr. Chipenzi has since challenged the PF government to ensure it begins to work towards facilitating the printing of ballot papers locally.
He notes that printing of ballot papers locally will not only reduce costs for the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) but will also help in creation of jobs and building the capacity of the local printers.
Mr. Chipenzi has also observed that the current draft constitution offers a basis for the long awaited electoral reform in the country.
He adds that should the clauses such as the 50 plus 1 and running mate be adopted, it will also be necessary for the electoral Act to be reviewed in order to incorporate it in the new provisions of the law.