Uganda electoral Commission chairman, Eng Badru Kiggundu, says the commission will not tolterate election violence in February.
“Violence will not be tolerated during the election period,” Kiggundu told press in Kampala on Tuesday.
“The Commission further wishes to state that we will not allow anyone to distract us from our work, which is to organize, conduct and supervise the elections, in accordance with the electoral laws.”
He said as the campaign period enters into the final days, the Electoral Commission is asking all stakeholders in the electoral process, and particularly the candidates, to promote peace and tolerance and to desist from using any language that may cause fear or create tension in the public.
“The need for peaceful conditions during elections is paramount, and we cannot emphasise this enough.”
He said adequate arrangements have been made to secure the electoral environment.
“We wish to appreciate the effort of the Uganda Police Force for provision of security during this period.”
Biometric Voter Verification System (BVVS)
On 30th January 2015, the Electoral Commission conducted a public demonstration of the Biometric Voter Verification System in all the districts of Uganda.
“I wish to report that the demonstration, which was conducted at Electoral Commission District Offices, was successful, and members of the public were able to interact with the verification kit, and appreciate its function.”
However, in order to give opportunity to more stakeholders to interact with the verification system, the Electoral Commission will conduct a similar exercise on Saturday 6th February 2016, at each district head office, starting at 7 am until 4pm.
“The Commission particularly urges candidates and their agents, to participate in this public demonstration, so that they learn more about the operations of the system, in order to make maximum use of the same on polling day.”
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