SA high commissioner calls for dialogue as opposition parties denounce ECZ
South African High Commissioner to Zambia, Mr Chikane, has called on all political stakeholders to dialogue and work towards maintaining peace in the run up to the elections. He said Zambia should maintain the peace it has been renowned for and for which the AU stands for.
Meanwhile Opposition parties have denounced the ECZ for not liaising with them on the choice of a South African company to print ballot papers and have asked it to furnish them with full details about the company in the interest of transparency and confidence building.
The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) last week announced that it had awarded Universal Print Group Limited of Durban South Africa,a tender to print ballot paper booklets and nomination forms for the 2011 tripartite elections.
ECZ Public Relations Manager Cris Akufuna said the tender was awarded to Universal Print Group after fulfilling all the tender requirements.
He said the award of the tender followed invitations by the commission of sealed bids from interested bidders through open tender procedures for the supply and delivery of ballot paper and nomination forms in April this year.
Mr. Akufuna said the tender was advertised in the print media for four weeks.
Universal Print of South Africa was also contracted to print the 2006 General elections and the 2008 Presidential elections.