Electoral Commission Bans Smartphones at Polling Stations

The Electoral Commission has issued new directives banning smartphones at polling stations ahead of Thursday presidential elections.


The Electoral Commission chairman Eng. Badru Kiggundu on Friday said when voters reach at the polling stations, they should switch their phones.

“When you reach the polling area switch the phone off, vote and leave, do not start negotiating or making calls within the polling area,” he said.

“Please Note! The use of mobile phones, photography, filming is not allowed within the polling station,” a tweet on the Electoral Commission twitter handle says without delving into what informed it to issue the directives.

However opposition parties are calling upon their supporters to ignore the instructions and move with their phones in a bid to thwart electoral irregularities that may arise during the polls.

Cellphones can for instance be used to take photos of election results at polling stations, recoding audios and videos of election results and any other irregularity.