Opposition UPND president Hakainde Hichilema says his party will not allow the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) to print ballot papers for the August 11, 2016 General and Presidential elections in Dubai.
And Hichilema says he is confident wining the elections in the first round saying there will be no rerun.
Hichilema who is the main challenger to incumbent president Edgar Lungu says his party suspects the ruling party wants to manipulate the votes by printing the ballot papers in Dubai.
But ECZ Public Relations Manager Chris Akufuna says the commission has not yet announced the company that will print ballot papers for the 2016 General and Presidential elections.
Akufuna has told ZNBC News that the procurement process is still ongoing.
He explained that what has happened is that ECZ has expressed intentions to choose the company based in Dubai but that it has given 10 days for other companies to object and give reasons.
And Hichilema who was speaking at a media briefing where his party received defectors from PF and other parties told hundreds of his supporters that he will win the election in the first round.
Hichilema commonly referred as HH said Lungu only has four months as Head of State saying he won’t be allowed to extend his presidency because he had lamentably failed.
The UPND president also accused President Lungu of causing violence in order to create fear and manipulate the vote.
Among the people who defected to the UPND are former Justice Ministry Permanent Secretary Josephs Akafumba, former Southern Province Minister in the MMD government and PF Provincial Chairlady Alice Simango and former Deputy Minister and Sesheke Member of Parliament in the MMD government Adonai Mufalali.
Others are former Liuwa MP and Provincial Minister for Western Province under the MMD government Lubinda Imasiku.
Narep Provincial Chairperson Luka Chikani and Narep Women National Chairlady Marjory Mukuwa Mutakwa have also defected to the UPND while PF Vice Chairperson for Western Province Evans Chapman has also resigned from the PF and joined the UPND.