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DUBAI – The printing of the August 12, 2021 presidential and general election ballot papers in Dubai, has entered day 16 with the National Assembly and local government ballot papers now complete.

ECZ Senior Electoral Officer Anna Nkaka who gave an update on the ongoing printing process yesterday, reported that the completion of the two types of election papers is in addition to the presidential ballot papers that were completed last Thursday.

“As of today July 19, 2021, we have reached 100 percent on the printing of national assembly ballot papers, as well as those of the Mayoral and Council Chairperson ballot papers,” said Ms Nkaka.

Ms Nkaka explained that the only remaining ballot papers, still being printed are those that fall under the local government category, notably for councillors, which are at 79 percent.

“As for the local government papers we are now 79 percent printing and the process is still ongoing,” she said.

The briefing was also attended by stakeholders from security wings, representatives of political parties and civil society organisations.

During the briefing, Ms Nkaka stated that the overall printing of the four types of ballot papers is now standing at 95 percent complete.

She disclosed that the printing of the braille jacket, a template used by the visually impaired was also complete and ready to be used in the

Meanwhile, the Electoral Commission of Zambia says Council Chairperson by-elections for Lusangazi in the Eastern Province will not take place on August 12, 2021 following the death of Patriotic Front candidate William Banda on July 17, 2021.

ECZ Commissioner, Ali Simwinga said the elections for that particular seat will not take place, as the provisions of the law stipulate that fresh nominations can only be held 30 days after the death of a candidate.

 Mr Simwinga however said candidates who successfully filed in for the recently held fresh nominations will be part of next month’s general elections, as they were within the time frame as stipulated by the law.

He also commended the conduct of the representatives of political parties and other stakeholders in Dubai where the printing is taking place.


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