Police deploys, arrests 9 EC officials


Onyango, Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson


Police has deployed in the various update centers within the city to avert possible outbreak of chaos as the National Voters’ register Update exercise comes to an end on May 4th.

The National Voters’ Register Update exercise that started on April 7th was expected to close on April 30th.

However it was pushed to May 4th as the number of people turning up on the last days kept increasing.

Police has deployed at least two officers per update center to handle the crowd.

Patrick Onyango, the Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson, says before April 30th they got reports of people attacking update officials in some areas within Kampala that is why they had to respond and deploy.

He says the deployment is not aimed at scaring people but to have security at the update centers because people who are opposed to the on-going exercise can take advantage of hooligans to disorganize the exercise.
Though the number has continued to go up in many update centers people still fail to get their names.

Jonathan Taremwa, the Electoral commission spokesperson says the call for extension of more days cannot apply because they are following the road map ahead of the 2016 elections.

Police arrests EC officials in Masaka, Jinja

Meanwhile, Police at Buwunga in Masaka district are holding four EC workers for allegedly withholding voters’ registers over pay.
The Southern Region Police Spokesperson, Noah Serunjoji, told a local radio, KFM, that the group faces charges of neglect of duty.
He says the four were arrested after locals complained that they had failed to verify their particulars on the voters’ registers due to absence of the Electoral commission officials.

In Jinja, police arrested five EC officials for allegedly extorting money from people who had gone to verify their details during the National Voter Register update exercise at Jinja Central West Parish on Friday.

The District Police Commander, Apollo Kateeba, told the same radio that they had received intelligence information that some Electoral Commission officials in Jinja were charging registration fees of about Shs 5000 for forms that are meant to be given free of charge.


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