Kiggundu says 2016 ballots are safe


Eng Badru Kiggundu, Ec Officials, agents and other stakeholders receive ballots at Entebbe airport on Thursday 

Electoral Commission chairperson, Eng Badru Kiggundu, says the 2016 election ballots are safe and secure.

Dr. Kiggundu was speaking after the arrival of the ballots from South Africa on Thursday evening.

Kiggundu said the weather down in South Africa necessitated a delay of in departure.

“The choice of flight isn’t our making but the printers.”

Kiggundu: said originally, delivery was supposed to be 10am but a delay postponed arrival to 1pm.

“I’m grateful to the good Lord. The plane carrying 163 pallets worth 67, 000kgs touched down at 1.30pm.”

The ballots were to taken to EC offices and later to a warehouse in Banda.

“Access to the warehouse will only be restricted to accredited people. Security to remain tight.”

Kiggundu said political parties can only avail two representatives to access Banda warehouse where ballots are going to be kept.

“The package that goes to the polling station is well encased and will only be opened on the polling dates.”

He said Kampala alone has 8 pallets, all labelled accordingly.

Dr. Kiggundu says the consignment that arrived yesterday has approximately 16 million ballots, promises to provide exact figures.

He hopes that Uganda will have the capacity to print her own ballot papers hopefully by the time he leaves.

He said distrust was the reason why millions of dollars are being spent to print ballots abroad.

“Ballot papers for lower levels to be printed by Picfare, a Ugandan company. My printery never printed any ballots.”

He said Ugandan companies were not eliminated from bidding process for printing ballots.

Dr. Kiggundu says he was part of the technical team that travelled to South Africa and approved printing process all the way.

“South African company that printed ballots has done similar work for other countries and has a “rich CV”.”

Pallets, he said, will not be opened until they reach polling stations.

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