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THE truck carrying the ballots arrived in Sesheke on Wednesday around 18:00 hours and all political parties taking part in the forthcoming Parliamentary by-election were present to witness the arrival.

Returning Officer Joseph Kanyemba confirmed the arrival of the ballot papers in an interview yesterday.

“I wish to confirm that Sesheke constituency in the Sesheke district of Western Province has received ballot papers for the forthcoming Sesheke Parliamentary by-election which will be held on February 12, 2019.

“We had in our presence, the PF, UPND and others including FODEP to witness the arrival of the papers,” Mr Kanyemba said. Sesheke PF district secretary Mwetwa Mwanamuke, who witnessed the arrival of the ballots, expressed confidence that the ruling party would carry the day on February 12 it had adequately prepared for the by-election.

UPND Namwala Member of Parliament Lubezhi Moono said his party set for the by-election. “As UPND, we have witnessed the arrival of the ballot papers and according to what we have received, all the wards have been catered for. “We are only waiting for Saturday when we will do the verification of the ballots for polling station by polling station,” Ms Moono said.

Ms Moono expressed disappointment with the PF government for its decision to pay social cash transfer recipients in Luampungu during the election campaign period charging that the move was meant to woo voters to vote for PF’s Dean Masule.

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