June 4, 2013

Electoral commission Dispatches Butebo Bi-election Material

The Late Dr Steven Malinga is the former Butebo MP
The Late Dr Steven Malinga is the former Butebo MP

The Electoral Commission is today dispatching the polling kit for Butebo-by election ahead of the Election Day on Thursday this week.

Engineer Badru Kiggundu, the EC chairman, today called on the designated candidates’ agents to report to the district returning officer by tomorrow at 6:00am and observe the dispatch of the polling kit to their respective sub counties.

Kiggundu adds that they have made adequate administrative, logistical and security arrangements to ensure that all the 90 polling stations in Butebo get their materials in time for the polls to commence.
Joseph Biribonwa, the EC secretary, assures all candidates of security saying they have a polling constable for each polling station but the number shall increase depending on the threat foreseen.
Campaigns consisting of seven candidates end today. The candidates include Aisu Elizabeth, Kashodo Eria, Oskeu Oriebo Richard Anthony and Ssajjabi Yotha all Independents. Meanwhile Khalwa Samuel is standing on a Forum for Democratic Change ticket, Ziwa Zaid Democratic Party and Mutono Lodoi Patrick for the National Resistance Movement.

There are 52,835 people expected to vote after cleaning up of the voter register.

The Electoral commission has also accredited observers from the civil society and development partners including the Citizen Coalition for Electoral democracy in Uganda, Democracy and Election Monitoring Group and the Democracy and Governance Facility.

Kiggundu emphasizes that in order to avoid congestion at the polling stations, each political party shall appoint two agents per polling station with their appointment letters before being allowed into a polling station.

However, the agents are warned that they strictly represent interests of their political party and independent candidates and should not interfere with the polling process.

The Commission has gazetted Paliisa Local government council Hall in Paliisa Town council as the venue for tallying and declaration of final election results.

The Butebo parliamentary seat that fell vacant on April 11th after the death of Dr. Stephen Malinga, the former Minister for Relief and Disaster Preparedness

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