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‘Reject single sourcing,’ Kalaba calls for transparency in tender process for printing of ballot papers


Citizens First leader, Harry Kalaba, has called on the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) not to entertain single sourcing in the tender to print ballot papers.

The Commission had on March, 18, 2024 announced the cancellation of the tender for the printing and delivery of ballot papers, blind voter templates and announcement forms.

ECZ Chief Electoral Officer, Brown Kasaro said this was due to significant changes in the bidding conditions and condition of contract in the issued solicitation contract.

Kalaba cautioned that single sourcing should not be entertained as it had been the case with other tenders such as the supply of fertilizer and procurement of medical supplies.

He urged the Commission to be transparent in the manner they are handling the tender process of printing ballot papers because elections were a sensitive issue that needed to be handled carefully.

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“We are concerned that most large public tenders have been canceled after a successful bidding process,” the CF leader said.

Kalaba claimed that this had been so because some bidders had been wrongly accused of being aligned with the former ruling party, the Patriotic Front (PF).

“We have observed this in the procurement of fertilizer, oil and medical supplies, and the recent one has been the cancellation of a tender to print ballot paper papers,” he stated.

Kalaba stated that Zambians deserved free, fair, and credible elections in 2026 as they exercise their democratic right to vote and choose credible leaders.

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