Ambulances, 150,000 security deployed as polling officials threaten boycott


The Ministry of Health has deployed ambulances ahead of the upcoming general elections to ensure and ease safety and referral of persons who could need emergency care of any kind.

According to the ministry’s release, 9 ambulances will be making rounds in Kampala metropolitan area to aid in emergencies during tomorrow’s elections.

Kampala, ambulances will be located in areas of Bweyogerere, Kawempe, Natete, Kajjansi, Wandegeya Clock Tower Fire brigade, Nansana and Katwe.

150, 000 personnel to man security 

The Joint Operation Command-JOC has recommended the deployment of 150,000 security personnel to man security in the country for two weeks during and after the General elections.

According to Uganda Radio Network, the security personnel will include 48,000 police officers, more than 30,000 military police officers, 33,000 Uganda People’s Defense Forces personnel, 150 officers from the Special Operations Unit and 12,000 prison officers.

The remaining 50,000 personnel will be drawn from the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI), Internal Security Organization (ISO) as well as Joint Anti-Terrorism Task Force (JATT) and Uganda Wildlife Authority.

Asan Kasingye, the Chairman of the Police Communication Task team, says the 150,000 security personal dont include polling constables.

Polling officials threaten boycott

Meanwhile, 170 polling officials in River Oli Division in Arua district are threatening to boycott work tomorrow unless Electoral Commission increases their allowances.

They include polling assistants and presiding officers.

Geoffrey Drani, one of the affected presiding officers, told URN during their recruitment Electoral Commission promised to pay presiding officers Shillings 60,000 and 40,000 for polling assistants.

He however, says they were shocked this morning to receive appointment letters showing that they will receive Shillings 20, 000 each day.

According to Drani, as a result, they have declined to sign the appointment letters until Electoral Commission increases the money.

EC sued

This comes at a time the Electoral Commission has been dragged to court by a human rights watch-dog, Legal Brains Trust (LBT), for the recent ban on the use of mobile phones and cameras at polling stations.

The human rights body contends that the disputed ban, as announced by EC Chairperson Dr Badru Kiggundu, undermines democratic processes and complicates efforts by voters to monitor and observe polls.

LBT says that the ban has no legal foundation, is unrealistic, and violates the fundamental rights of the voters.

It further argues that mobile phones and cameras are used at polling stations world over for purposes of advancing democratic elections.

Credit: URN 


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