THERE IS NOTHING LIKE PRE-MARKED BALLOTS IN ZAMBIA

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By Dickson Jere The tale or myths about pre-marked ballots have been with us for a while – not only in Zambia – but worldwide. From my little experience with election reporting (journalist) and observer/monitor, since 1996, I can attest to the fact that no one has ever convinced me of this tale. Here is the thing;
Each ballot paper has distinct serial number. A voters name is called in the presence of the agents of each candidate or political party, who also crosses the name of their voter registers. The name of the voter corresponds with the picture and NRC number. At the end of the polling, all the ballots are counted to ascertain the total number of votes cast before separating them with actual votes for each candidate. The remaining ballots can be scrutinized even afterwards through verification. So at what point do the pre-marked ballots found themselves in the ballot boxes? Mind you, all the agents are required to sign off the votes counted – unless offcourse you do not have credible agents who understand the process.

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