The Uganda Electoral Commission has asked citizens to be vigilant and help them deal with politicians who carry sacks of money to bribe voters.
The appeal was made by Jotham Taremwa, the EC spokesperson while appearing on NBS TV Morning Breeze alongside Godber Tumushabe, a political analyst on Tuesday.
Taremwa spoke on the role of national Identity cards saying they will only help the officials know that the voter is a Ugandan.
“When we updated the national voters register we were adding people that had not yet registered.”
He said everybody will eventually get their IDs and by Tuesday, they were already being distributed in Mbarara town.
“We have managed to mobilize the youth through print media and radio. We have tried as much as possible to mobilize these activities.”
Taremwa said EC was planning to have voter identification equipment at every polling station to do away with multiple voting.
Tumushabe, on the other hand, accused the electoral commission of playing a major role in part politics saying the voter register was very critical.
The analyst also lashed at politicians who have made it a habit to carry bags of money bribing voters across the country.
“The mere act of someone distributing money in sacks live on TV is just absurd,” Tumushabe pointed out.
It was at this moment that Taremwa intervened and asked for all citizens’ vigilance.
“We all must be on the lookout and should not wait for police to take pictures of people giving out money,” Taremwa advised.
“You can’t expect the electoral commission to take the role of civil society and for us as the electoral commission our ground is levelled.”
Tumushabe pointed out to him that the majority of Ugandans don’t trust the electoral commission anymore.
“There is a deficit in the entire architecture of the electoral commission.”
“The ruling party is the one that fears an independent electoral commission and credible voters register,” Tumushabe noted.