The outgoing Electoral Commission Chairman Eng Dr Badru Kiggundu on Tuesday made his last press address as the head of the electoral body, medicine http://cerlalc.org/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/enhanced-distribution.php listing the various ups and downs hat he went through during his decade and a half tenure.
Dr Kiggundu named some of the huddles he faced at the commission intolerance and electoral violence, which he said remain the greatest threats to free and fair elections in Uganda.
“Others included late enactment or amendment of enabling laws, funding shortfalls, persistent negative perception of the commission as partisan demoralizes staff, commercialization of politics voter apathy, poor remuneration of the Electoral Commission staff , poor office facilities and marginal capital development allocation” he said
While addressing the media at Imperial Royal hotel, Eng Kiggundu asked the government to set up institutes that can train people to handle electoral management.
“Electoral management is not formally taught in any institution in Uganda. We need such institutes; that is why I am asking government to put up an institution to help solve this issue.”
Dr Kiggundu was nominated by the President in 2002 as the chairman of the electoral commission and again in 2009 up to 2016. He worked alongside two teams one from 2002 to 2009 and from 2009 and 2016.
At the press address, Eng Kiggundu who recently scooped a new job in the energy sector, dispelled common talk that he more than often leaned toward the ruling NRM party.
“As a person, I don’t support any political party or affiliated to any party colors. May be l will make a decision now that my contract is done. Uganda is young in terms of democracy; it is still growing and we have a lot of hope in it,” he said.
“I wish the incoming team the best so that they can serve Uganda to their best”.