Kiggundu regrets nominating Besigye, to declare new president Saturday


Uganda Electoral Commission chairman Dr Badru Kiggundu says the winner of tomorrow’spresidential race will be announced before 4pm on Saturday.

He says the public will receive an update from the Electoral Commission (EC) every two hours starting tomorrow.

“I assure Ugandans that whatever they place in the ballot box is what I will declare,” Kiggundu told press in Kampala on Wednesday.

He said voters have a right to ask a polling officer for another ballot paper in case they error on the first one.

“Dispatching of polling kits started on Monday February 15th with the furthest districts in West Nile and Karamoja.”

He advised agents to report at 6am for dispatch of kits to polling stations from district headquarters tomorrow.

“Voting commences at 7am as long as there are 5 registered voters physically present. Voting closes at 4pm.”

If it clocks 4pm, Kiggundu said, all voters already in the line will be allowed to vote and those not in the line will not vote.

“If a voter doesn’t have a national ID/voter’s slip, he or she will be assisted in looking for their particulars on the National Voters’ Register (NVR).”

“Don’t attempt to come with your own pen(s). There will be a pen in the basin to be used to tick,” Kiggundu announced.

He said the EC headquarters to have a Query Desk that will receive and handle any complaints related to elections [The Complaints Desk will be reachable via toll free numbers 0800110022,0800110023, 0800776776, 0800778778. 7am-4pm].

He said the Electoral Commission continues to receive information that some parties and individuals are forming youth groups and militias.

“Only Uganda Police is in charge of providing security. All parties should desist from forming such illegal militias.”

Kiggundu said presidential results will be announced first at polling stations followed by those of MPs and then district woman MPs.

“From polling stations, result will head to sub-county. There, the results will head to district in a tamper-proof envelope.”

At district level, the returning officer will only read out presidential results from each sub-county but will not declare.

District Returning Officers can only declare directly elected MPs and elected woman MPs.

Results will then head to national tallying center (Namboole Stadium) and received by Electoral Commission chairman for tallying.

Access to National Tally Center will be limited to accredited journalists, observers and agents.

“Pray for me, but turn up early and vote.”

Dr Kiggundu warned media houses not to declare any results.

“Any media caught declaring results, if you lose your signal, don’t look for me.”

He said EC didn’t ban media from carrying mobile phones but for voters, phones must be off or in silent at polling stations.

Dr Kiggundu says media will be allowed to film but not within cordoned off area of the polling station to keep ballot secret.

Dr Kiggundu said if Electoral Commission laws had been stronger, commission would have reconsidered nominating Besigye given his defiance campaign.

“I hope future amendments tighten the screening for those who want to become leaders in Uganda.”

“If you are aggrieved, go to the courts of law. The law is clear,” Kiggundu urged the potential losers.

He said there is need for a run-off, it will be held, within 30 days.‪

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