FDC says army stuffing ballots, Ankunda denies


The opposition Forum for Democratic Change [FDC] claims to have intercepted elements of the army allegedly stuffing ballots.

FDC youth activist, Moses Byamugyisha, says their Power 10 [P10] vigilantes intercepted and foiled a ballot stuffing operation by the army.

“FDC/P10 has busted a racket of 50 criminal minded operatives from the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence who are commanded by a Brigadier in an operation to conduct massive ballot stuffing in 50 districts of Uganda,” Byamugyisha said.

He said according to the operation, each CMI officer has been assigned to a specific district and most of them travelledon Tuesday.

“The officers will each report to the District Intelligence Officer(DIO) who will supply them with ballot papers for this operation.”

He named about 29 alleged military personnel involved in the exercise.

“And the list goes on up to more than 50 operatives and districts. In each of these districts, they will carry out ballot stuffing in a number of polling stations which we will not reveal here because we have also setup our teams on the ground to wait for them to be arrested when they are sighted carrying bags of pre-ticked ballot books,” the youth continued.

He said their leaders and activists in these areas have been given a full briefing about this operation and they are prepared to take action.

“We appeal to our supporters to remain vigilante and guard not only the votes but also our victory.”

Army dismisses claim

Army spokesperson, Lt Col Paddy Ankunda, dismissed the claim as baseless.

“No CMI operatives have been deployed to rig the election,” Ankunda said.

He urged the public to ”ignore that list”.

Meanwhile, Electoral Commission chairperson Badru Kiggundu claims some people intend to print pre–ticked ballot papers for use in tomorrow’s elections.
He told press in Kampala that there is information some Ugandans have also designed software to tally the votes that will be cast.

“There are even plans to print similar ballot papers or seemingly similar, and pre – tick them and parade them before the media to discredit the electoral process. Be on the lookout. Our eyes and ears are on this process,” Kiggundu said.

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