Outgoing Uganda Electoral Commission Chairman Eng Badru Kiggundu Tuesday November 15, 2016 addressed his final press briefing at May Apple Hall, Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala.
Kiggundu told press that he felt privileged, humbled, and highly honoured to have had the opportunity to serve Uganda for the past 14 years.
He thanked President Yoweri Museveni for nominating him and his colleagues from 2002-2009 and 2009-2016 electoral terms.
Kiggundu said in those 14 years, the EC was able to organise, conduct, and supervise three General Elections i.e 2006, 2011 and 2016 elections.
“EC has been consistent in developing its administrative technological capacity equipment and technology to deliver electoral services,” he said.
“We as the commission encountered several challenged including; late enactment/ amendment of laws, inadequate funding, voter apathy etc.”
He appreciated the role played by the judiciary, political parties, development partners, media, security organisations, and civil society organisations.
Kiggundu cited intolerance, electoral violence, commercialisation of politics, poor remuneration of EC staff and persistent negative perception as some of the challenges he faced in his career.
Asked which political party he subscribes to, Kiggundu said: “I belong to no political party, I will think about it when um out of the commission.”
He promised to forever cherish the love, support, and positive criticism cooperation he received from Ugandans.
“We are proud to have registered success in electoral reforms and transformation of National Voter Register.”
He further cited success in technology on transmission and tallying of election results, transparent ballot boxes, training of political party agents as well as EC staff.
“We thank International and Regional bodies ie Commonwealth, AU, IGAD, EAC, COMESA, IFES, IDEA etc. for their support in capacity development.”