The Electoral Commission of Zambia -ECZ- schedule of distribution of ballot papers countrywide indicates that ballot papers for Lusaka District will be distributed on 9th August, 2021.
This is contrary to the opposition UPND’s assertions that some ballot papers for Lusaka district have gone missing while being distributed to the Lusaka Civic Centre.
Reacting to the purported disappearance of the ballot papers, UPND Presidential Spokesperson, Anthony Bwalya says it is unacceptable, that a few days to Zambia’s landmark election, there are already signs of electoral malpractice even before the first vote has been cast.
He says such incidences have the potential to generate public anger and discontent and can potentially throw the election into turmoil.
But Lusaka District Electoral Officer, Alex Mwansa says in the first place the video which has gone viral allegedly showing missing ballot papers was not captured at Lusaka Civic Centre.
He says Lusaka has not yet received its ballot papers as this will only take place on the 9th August, 2021 for all the seven constituencies in the city.
Mr. Mwansa has since discredited the UPND allegations.
Zambia goes to the polls on August 12th, 2021.