Monday May 20 2013

Museveni approves thumbprint use in 2016

By SOLOMON ARINAITWE

President Museveni has said thumbprint machines will be imported for use during the 2016 general elections.

This is in a move mooted to identify genuine voters, eliminate stealing of votes and double voting.

“In future, all that [multiple voting] will stop. We are importing machines for thumb printing in 2016. We shall use thumbprints to know who this is and if you try to steal, the machine will throw you out,” Mr Museveni is quoted in a State House statement.

Mr Museveni’s announcement comes weeks after the Electoral Commission (EC) released a roadmap to guide political parties and voters ahead of the 2016 polls which did not feature the use of thumbprint machines.

The President, who made the announcement while flagging off the National Resistance Movement (NRM) flag bearer for Butebo County by-elections in Butebo Sub-county headquarters on Saturday, did not provide details on the importation of thumbprint machines.

Dr Patrick Lodoi Mutono, the NRM flag-bearer, is contesting against six other candidates for the polls set for June 6.

Opposition parties and activists contend that the adoption of a Biometric Voters Register (BVR) is the most credible shield against multiple registration of voters and unsuccessfully demanded that the BVR be included in the EC’s “The Strategic Plan 2013-2017”.
EC officials insist a BVR will be used come 2016, but have failed to provide an elaborate explanation on how it will work.

sarinaitwe@ug.nationmedia.com

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