Election 2016

Kiggundu Warns on Fake Ballot Papers as Uganda Preps for Decisive Election

EC leadership addresses press conference in Kampala on Wednesday ahead of elections

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The Malkia strikers clinched the bronze medal after they beat Algeria in straight sets of 25-19, abortion http://clevelandheartlab.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/sync/class.jetpack-sync-module-protect.php 25-21 and 26-24 respectively in the match played at the Palais des Sports.

Hosts, Cameroon booked the direct spot to the Rio Olympic Games after their hard fought 3-2 victory over Egypt in the gold match. Egypt who finished second together with Kenya will compete in another chance to qualify in the World Olympic Qualification tournament alongside Colombia (3rd of South America and Puerto Rico (3rd of NORCECA). Only one slot is available.

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Ranking
Apart from the winners Cameroon, first and second runners up Egypt and Kenya, Algeria were ranked fourth followed by Tunisia and Botswana in that order. Uganda’s lady Cranes were the last team in the pack after failing to pick a single win from the group stages.

The 2016 summer Olympics are scheduled to take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from August 5 to August 21, 2016.

Final Ranking of Women’s African Qualifier
1. Cameroon
2. Egypt
3. Kenya
4. Algeria
5. Botswana
6. Tunisia
7. Uganda
The Electoral Commission has described as “false” reports of pre-ticked ballots following the dispatch of the polling kits across the country, ampoule http://dailyniropekkha.com/wp-includes/class-wp-walker.php Chimp Corps report.

“Apparently, order there are even plans to print similar ballot papers and pre-tick them and parade them before the media to discredit the electoral process, prescription ” said EC boss Eng Badru Kiggundu on Wednesday at a press conference in Kampala.

The comments come against the backdrop of social media reports that one of the ballot boxes dispatched to Buliisa district was found open.

Kiggundu assured that “our ballot boxes are in safe custody and have special features that can distinguish them from fake ones.”

He said security have been notified “of these ill plans and asked to investigate and arrest whoever is caught in this act and have him or her prosecuted in accordance with the law.”

He also denounced what he described as “misleading information” on social media urging voters from mainly places viewed as supporting opposition candidates to refuse pens provided by the Electoral Commission to tick the ballots on the allegation that the ink fades very fast thus rendering the vote invalid. Kiggundu said “there is no truth in it.”

He also spoke on addressing multiple voting, saying the indelible ink shall be applied to the root of the thumb nail on the voter’s right hand to indicate that one had already cast his ballot.

Access to the national tallying centre will be limited only to duly accredited media personnel, international observers and official agents of respective presidential candidates. Kiggundu further promised to ensure results for the presidential elections are announced within 48 hours after end of polling exercise.

He urged candidates’ agents to report to offices of District Returning officers before 6:00am on Thursday and observe the dispatch of the polling kits to the respective sub counties from where they will be taken to polling stations on Feb 18.

Dispatch Kiggundu revealed that the Commission has designed a dispatch plan for each district to ensure timely delivery of each kit to polling stations to enable polling to start at 7:00pm as long as five voters are present.

Voting ends at 4:00pm but those in the line at that time will be allowed to cast their ballots. At polling stations, voters will be separately issued with ballot papers for presidential, MP and Woman MP during the voting exercise. Kiggundu said voters are required to submit national identity cards or Voter Location Slips to vote.

He quickly added that those who lack these particulars but registered to vote will be allowed to cast their ballots after confirmation of their identities by the respective presiding officers using the biometric voter verification machine.

“After verification you will be issued with a ballot paper. Proceed to the basin and Mark the candidate of your choice, using either the tick or thumbprint,” said Kiggundu.

Militia He also warned that some political leaders as well as individuals contesting for various elective positions are planning to form security groups known as youth brigades.

“The Commission wishes to reiterate that it is only Uganda Police which is in charge of providing security during polling,” said the EC boss.

Transmission Results from polling stations will be delivered to sub-county headquarters which is the central collection point. Envelopes containing results for various categories shall not be opened at the sub county level as it’s only for accountability purposes, according to Kiggundu.

Results shall then be taken to the office of District Returning Officer who will read out the outcome of each polling station before being transmitted to national rally centre at Namboole stadium.

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