Wednesday February 17 2016

EC cautions on damaged poll material



JINJA. The Electoral Commission has warned police against going ahead with the delivery of damaged ballot boxes or those suspected to have been tampered with to polling stations.

Addressing Resident District Commissioners (RDCs), district police commanders and politicians drawn from Busoga sub-region on Monday, the election officer in charge of the sub-region, Mr Apollo Musinguzi, said officers who deliver such material to a polling station shall be arrested.

“You are charged with arresting people but this time you will be the one to be arrested if you dare deliver a ballot box with broken seals to polling centres,” Mr Musinguzi said.
He said instead of delivering ballot boxes with broken seals or lids, the police officers should notify the Electoral Commission forremedial action.

Mr Musinguzi said stern measures have been undertaken to eliminate likely violence, which could come as a result of accusations of ballot rigging.
The meeting was also warned against allowing anybody to vote and leave the polling station without dipping their index finger in indelible ink at polling stations.