Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Special Pens Change Marks on Ballots (Zambia)

Special Pens Change Marks on Ballots (Zambia)


Zambian Watchdog
20 September 2011

Suspicious Kawambwa votes using own pens

By Chephas Malimba

People at St. Mary’s Basic School Polling station in Kawambwa woke up as early as 03:30 hours to cast their votes. By 06:00, there were more than 500 voters in the queue, out of the more than 1 380 registered voters.

However, most voters were seen with their own pens and exchanging pens. This is due to a rumor that the ECZ provided pens are made in such a way that if you mark X against Sata using ECZ pen, RB being on top while Sata at the bottom, when you fold the ballot paper horizontally, the X against Sata will fade directly to RB’s slot.

The rumour suggests that, this is how the election is going to be rigged.


Times of Zambia
22 September 2011

ECZ results website hacked

By Times Reporter

[Electoral Commission of Zambia Chairperson Justice Ireen Mambilima:] “The commission would further like to dismiss the myth of the so called magic pen provided by ECZ at polling stations whose ink purportedly fades after a voter has marked the ballot paper or the mark shifting from one candidate’s slot to another.”

Lusaka Times
22 September 2011
ECZ magic pens allegations a myth-Mambilima