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Do not announce results, EC tells party tally centres

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Added 16 February 2016

EC warns that the law will take course if any centre announces results

Do not announce results, EC tells party tally centres

Electoral Commission Chairperson Eng. Badru Kiggundu

 

 

By Vicky Wandawa

Electoral commission has banned tally centers set by different presidential candidates from announcing election results or declaring winners.


“It is the mandate of the Electoral Commission to tally, announce results and declare the winners. Should anyone violate this, the law will take its course,” reads a press release from the commission.


The Commission has already directed the Uganda Communications Commission to put off Air any media house that refuses to comply with this requirement


Meanwhile the Electoral Commission officially unveiled a dummy of the ballot paper indicating the lineup of the candidates for presidential elections as they will appear on the ballot paper. “The ballot papers are safely stored in our stores in Banda under tight security,” reads a press release.


Furthermore, the commission informed candidates to forward names of two of their agents to accredit them to go to their stores, and remain there if they so wished.


The commission further confirmed that ballot papers for Sub County Chairpersons, Sub County directly elected Councilors, Municipality Chairpersons/Councilors and Councilors representing special interest groups will be arriving any time and the Commission will be inform the media and inviting them to cover their arrival.


The commission also unveiled the training of the Presiding Officers and one polling assistant on the use of Biometric Voter verification system which commenced on Friday.


The commission further reminded voters that the program for the distribution of the slips to the registered Voters was going on throughout the country.


“They are being issued free of charge at every parish by the Parish supervisor who is an employee of the Electoral Commission,” says electoral commission.


The commission further advised that on picking the slips, voters should safely keep them so that the barcode is not tampered with.


EC also clarified that use of Voter Location Slips and National IDs is not a must to vote. Regarding use of National Identity Cards in the 2016 General Elections, the Commission clarified that at the polling station; for purposes of convenience and to cut down on the time a voter will spend on verification, it is important for them to carry their Voter Location Slip or ID and present it to the Biometric Voter Verification System operator at the polling station to be verified.


“However, it is important to note that while a VLS or National ID are important on the day of polling, the two are not mandatory for one to cast his or her vote. As long as one is a registered voter on the NVR of that polling station, he or she will vote even without a VLS or National ID,” read the press release.


Schedule  for voting:

_____________________________________________________________

Presidential and Parliamentary  

   

 18/02/2016

Chairpersons, Directly Elected Councilors and Women Councilors for District (LCV)     

              

 24/02/2016

Lord Mayor, Directly Elected Councilors and Women Councilors for Kampala Capital City Authority   

                            

 24/02/2016

Councilors for PWDs, Older Persons and Youth to District Councils and Kampala Capital City Authority   

               

 26/02/2016

Chairpersons, Directly Elected Councilors and Women Councilors for Municipality and Kampala Capital City Divisions

 

 2/03/2016

PWDs, Older Persons and Youth Councilors to Municipalities and Kampala Capital City Divisions 

              

 4/03/2016

Chairpersons, Directly Elected Councilors and Women Councilors for Municipal Division, Sub County and Town Councils

 

 9/03/2016

PWDs, Older Persons and Youth Councilors to Municipal Division, Sub County and Town Councils  

                

 10/03/2016

 

 

 

 

 




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