Kiggundu sweats, defends self in court


Electoral Commission chairman Eng Badru Kiggundu appeared in Supreme Court on Monday where he defended a decision by the commission to retire the 2006 national voters register.

Amama Mbabazi’s lawyer Asuman Basalirwa sought to know what happened to the data of the National Voters’ Register (NVR) that EC retired.

Kiggundu had earlier said in a statement that the 2006 NVR was retired to adopt another yielded through biometric technology.

Kiggundu said this was not first time we retired a register.

“In 2005 and 2006, we retired registers to keep up with technology. The retired National Voters’ Register (NVR) is in the archives.”

He said the registration of those seeking to be added to NVR follows public announcements.

Basalirwa quoted the law saying EC will “compile, maintain, revise and update National Voters’ Register (NVR)” wondering where the word “retire” comes from.

“There are functions that we derive from the broader interpretation of the law. It’s not black and white,” Kiggundu said in his defence.

He said for example the 2001 NVR was retired and de-gazetted because it was partly handwritten and typed out.

Meanwhile, Kiggundu says he doesn’t know the exact number of people who were verified by the biometric voter verification machines.

“The biometric machines were not designed to provide the number of people verified. There are some people who voted without being verified by the biometric machines.”

Dr. Kiggundu said the biometric machines were not designed to provide the number of people verified.

When questioned more about the machines, Kiggundu begged the lawyer: “Please don’t make me lose my head.”

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