The first batch of the ballot papers for the 2016 August 11 general election has arrived in the country.
|Justice Esau Chulu|
The cargo plane carrying the ballots touched down at the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport at about14:15 hours local time.
Tight security at the airport characterised the arrival of the vital election materials from Dubai in the United Arab Republic, (UAR) where they were printed from.
Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) Chairperson Esau Chulu who was accompanied by ECZ Commissioners, political party agents from both ruling PF and opposition, government officials, media personnel and other stakeholders witnessed the arrival of the ballot papers.
The election materials were taken to ECZ Sylvarest warehouse at the airport for possible dispatch to the respective 156 constituencies’ country wide.
And ECZ Chairperson Justice Esau Chulu told journalists that the distribution of ballot papers to districts and provinces commences on August 7, 2016.
Justice Chulu said the second batch of the ballot papers is expected to arrive in the country this evening around 18:30 hours.
Justice Chulu said he is happy that nine political parties participating in this year's poll were among CSOs, and other stakeholders to witness the arrival of the election materials.
He assured stakeholders of a transparent electoral process.