Kiggundu panics over 20,000 ghost voters in register

The Electoral Commission chairman, Eng Badru Kiggundu, is adjusting his glasses to analyse how over 20,000 ghost voters were “sneaked” into the voters’ register.

A concerned Ugandan, Evelyn Namara, took her time and studied information on EC’s website and made some computation which revealed something queer.

According to the commission’s official website, there are 7,249,394 registered male voters and 8,027,803 registered voters. When those two figures are added, they give a total of 15,277,197, instead of 15,297,197 as listed on the website.

Namara says there is a discrepancy of 20,000 when one computes the EC’s data.

“In simple terms, to get the ghost voters column, you get the analyzed data and subtract it from the EC vote count data set. If you go through the whole document, the ghost voters column adds up to 20,000 voters unaccounted for,” Namara wrote on her blog https://medium.com/@enamara/exposing-voter-register-discrepancies-a-few-days-to-uganda-s-presidential-and-parliamentary-72ebe94263aa#.ql6wxewbj

She requested the EC to explain how this came about.

“Note that as a concerned citizen of Uganda I need to be sure the results won’t have statistical errors,” she tweeted on her handle @enamara.

Namara’s tweet sparked an online discussion with many Ugandans asking the EC to explain the inconsistences in the register.

Three days later, EC had not replied.

Appearing on NBS TV’s ‘Live At 9’, Kiggundu promised to respond on the matter after examining the analysis.

“Should it turn out to be true, there is no way the reported excess voters will vote. The technology will lock them out.”

“We will be able to provide a technical explanation,” he added.

EC spokesperson, Jotham Taremwa, told the television he was unaware of the discrepancy.

Ugandans head to the polls to elect leaders at presidential and parliamentary levels on February 18, 2016.


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