The Electoral Commission say they have this Thursday morning received the first consignment of ballot papers for the 2021 general elections as the January 14, voting day draws close.
The EC mouthpiece, Paul Bukenya say only one political party managed to delegate a supervisor to watch over the process. Asker to divulge more details on which party exactly adhered to the EC call, Mr. Bukenya declined to extensively give a comment. The EC Chairperson Justice Byakama on Wednesday said he was disappointed with some political parties like NUP and FDC which refused to send witnesses as the EC received the first bunch of the election materials.
NUP however says they were not consulated in writing and were only hearing the invite on social media. “We did not get a formal invitation from the Electoral Commission,” NUP official told this reporter. FDC on the other hand say they did not have sufficient funding to facilitate a delegate to and fro the ballot printing venue in the United Arab Emirates. “We did not have that money,” Harold Kaija the FDC Deputy Secretary general says. “We are already over strained with facilitating the campaigns for our candidates at all elective positions,” he added.
Printing the ballot papers from abroad has been a focal point of debate with local publishers and printers lambasting government for discrediting the ‘Buy Uganda, Build Uganda’ initiative. In response to this, the EC boss Byabakama said local publishers did not have the required materials to print the ballot papers. He however said they will only be involved in other required paperwork but not the voting ballot papers.