Election 2016

EU Observers Worried Over Delayed Voting

European Union election observers are monitoring Uganda's voting exercise

The Electoral Commission (EC) has regretted the delay in delivering voting materials to different parts of the country, viagra http://celiac-disease.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/sync/interface.jetpack-sync-codec.php specifically Kampala and Wakiso.

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There were cases of mixing up Voter Verification Biometric Machines but officials said the issue has been addressed.

“Today, 18th February 2016, is polling day for Presidential and Parliamentary Elections. Polling has started on time, in various parts of the country, and polling stations have reported a smooth start,” the EC said in a statement.

“However, there has been a delay in delivery of polling materials in some parts of Wakiso District and Kampala Capital City. The Electoral Commission regrets the delay.”

The electoral body, which has been slammed by Ugandans on social media platforms, said “polling materials have now been delivered to all these places and polling has commenced in most of the places.”

Makindye, Muyenga, Ntinda and Nsambya were some of the affected suburbs.

“The Electoral Commission calls on candidates, their agents and supporters, to be calm and tolerant as always during the polling process,” the statement adds.

On whether the EC will add more time for voting given the delays in the voting exercise, the Commission’s boss, Eng Badru Kiggundu said “all voters who have presented themselves to vote will be able to do so, until the last voter, as long as they are in the line by 4:00pm.”
The United Nations Secretary General, search http://cssassociation.org/system/modules/news/modulenewsmenu.php Ban Ki Moon has told South Sudan President Salva Kiir and rebel chief Dr. Riek Machar to put peace first and embark on quick formation of unity government.

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He later spoke on the phone Kiir’s Vice-President Dr Riek Machar and visited a protection of civilian site.

During his meeting with President Kiir, the UN chief emphasized that implementing the peace agreement reached this past August must be a matter of priority for the Government of South Sudan, including the urgent formation of a Transitional Government of National Unity with the opposition leader who is now the newly appointed First Vice President.

According to a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s office, in this regard, he welcomed the Government’s commitment to implement transitional security arrangements for Juba in accordance with a proposal put forth earlier in the week by the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission.

Mr. Ban also urged the Kiir to work with Machar upon his return, to “rebuild mutual trust and confidence from the people and the international community to set the country on a path to stability,” the statement said.

The Secretary-General meanwhile strongly condemned the outbreak of violence at the UN protection of civilian site in Malakal last week and called on the Government to conduct a full investigation and bring perpetrators to account.

Mr. Ban reiterated the UN’s commitment to the protection of civilians, both within established UN protection sites and elsewhere in the country, and urged the Government to allow “unfettered access” to UN personnel and humanitarian partners, the statement said.

At a press conference earlier today, the UN chief highlighted that he was concluding his visit to Juba, the South Sudanese capital, at a critical time, and reiterated the UN’s commitment to the peace process and the future of South Sudan.

In particular, Mr. Ban urged all parties to remove restrictions on the freedom of movement of the UN and humanitarian actors and ensure access to people in need of protection, and life-saving aid.
The media fraternity and residents of Kabale district are mourning the death of former WBS Television and DWtv presenter Osbert Karugaba.

Karugaba who was among the pioneer presenters at WBS TV in the 2000s died at Rugarama hospital after being rushed there with acute diabetes related ailment.

He was pronounced dead only a few hours after arrival at the health facility.

At WBS he was presenting the Showtime Magazine that is currently done by Straka Mwezi.

Karugaba commonly known as Ozi, website like this http://csanz.edu.au/wp-content/plugins/widgetkit/widgets/map/layouts/edit.php after quitting the media some few years ago went into private business in the tourism sector.

At the time of his demise he was constructing a hotel in the south western district, which was to be named Lake Bunyonyi Mountain Resort.

 
The Independent Electoral Commission has agreed to extend the voting period for a number of polling stations in Kampala and Wakiso districts, more about http://comerydivertirse.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-themes-list-table.php where polling materials arrived exceedingly late.

The decision which was announced by the EC Chairman Eng Badru Kuggundu at 4:00pm, http://citadelgroup.com.au/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/i18n/states/tr.php followed a directive from President Yoweri Museveni, that people should not be denied chance to cast their vote because of the Commission’s undoing.

Kiggundu told press that the some polling stations received their ballot papers as late as 2:30pm, putting this on technical issues with the commission.

He thus invoked his constitutional powers as the commission chairman, to extend the polling exercise in the affected areas to 7pm. The voting was by law expected to close at 4pm.

President Musevni while speaking to press after casting his vote in Rushere, Kiruhura district,  said that if the EC was the reason for the delay of the arrival of he materials, they should extend the polling time.

Earlier in the day, Eng Kiggundu had vowed not to push this time.

“The problem will be that some people who waited for all time will have given up and gone back home. But those who are there should be allowed to vote,” ordered the President.

Museveni said that depending on the number of people, the voting should be allowed through the night if need arises.

“This is a once in a five year event. I see people holding trans-night prayers sometimes. This can also be trans-night because it is very important,” said the President.
The Chief Observer and head of delegation of the European Union observer Mission, there http://cleanenergybiofuels.com/wp-admin/includes/dashboard.php Mr. Eduard Kukan has expressed worry over the delay in commencing the voting process in some of polling stations.

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“So far, the voting process is going on peacefully in the places we’ve been to. However reports from our observers all over the country say most polling stations opened late and distribution of voting materials also delayed,” Mr. Kukan told journalists on Thursday.

He added: “We don’t have observers everywhere but from what I have heard, these delays could impact substantially on the eventual results.”

The Electoral Commission Chairman Badru Kiggundu has since extended the voting deadline from 4:00pm to 7:00pm for Kampala and Wakiso Districts which registered high cases of delays in the voting exercise.

Kukan noted that the process was calm with no reports of tension and said he was optimistic that the situation will keep like that.

The European Union election observer mission is in Uganda on the invitation of the government of Uganda to monitor the 2016 general elections.

After recording their observations, the team will release a preliminary report two days after the elections.


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