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EC did its job, we don’t expect any thanks-Taremwa

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Jotham Taremwa, the Uganda Electoral Commission spokesperson, says he is proud of the great accomplished during February 2016 elections.

“The business of elections is thankless and very emotional,” Taremwa said on Tuesday while appearing on NBS television.

“We don’t expect the public to be thanking us. We have served impartially. We have done our job well.”

According to Taremwa, Uganda has 112 districts but delayed arrival of materials only occurred in two.

“We apologised and even gave more time¬† Instances of delayed arrival of materials in some areas was miscalculation but our legacy shouldn’t be pegged to that.”

He says the EC system has attracted commissions from across the world who come here and learn from Uganda.

“Many Ugandans appreciate our work. A pre-election poll found that 48% believed we’d do a good job. 10% undecided,” Taremwa concluded.

To the contrary, Arthur Larok, a representative from ACTION AID, says majority of Ugandans are dissatisfied with Uganda Electoral Commission ability to deliver.

He says no sound reason was given for late delivery of materials, especially in places near Electoral Commission headquarters during 2016 elections.

Larok, nevertheless, agreed the Electoral Commission has improved the process of conducting elections.

He cited the technology saying it has advanced throughout the years.

“There are issues about Uganda Electoral Commission (EC) that need to be dealt with. Patronage, insufficient funding, lack of trust. A lot of our problems, currently and before, had the day’s EC at the center.”

Larok said President Yoweri Museveni went to the bush over results but that when talking about EC, many Ugandans think it is powerless and currently under siege.

“We need to debate what can be done to ensure Electoral Commission (EC) operates independently. We need to safeguard it from interference.”

He added: “A number of personnel in the EC should take responsibility for certain things that have gone wrong.”

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