8 Polling Assistants Held for Stealing Memory Card

The 32 Gb memory card was being used for storing data and particulars of voters for Akere Division in Apac town.
26 Jul 2018 12:07
Eight election officials in Apac municipality have been arrested for allegedly stealing a memory card from a bio-metric machine.

The machine is used to verify voters. The 32 GB memory card contained data and particulars of voters for Akere Division in Apac town. The Division has 4,000 voters who are expected to vote in tomorrow's elections for Apac Municipality Member of Parliament and Mayor.

Jimmy Musimbi, the Apac district Returning Officer, says that the suspects mainly poling assistants and polling officers reportedly returned the Biometric Machine to the office without the memory card.

Musimbi says the card was stolen during the training of the polling assistants and polling agents for Akere Division on Wednesday.

Emmanuel Oceng, one of the polling assistants who returned the machine, recorded a statement at Apac Central Police Station.

Nancy Awino, the Electoral Supervisor for Akere Division says the matter is being investigated by the police.

Meanwhile, the election results of Atik Division LCIII Chairperson have been nullified following a petition by Alex Acobi, an FDC candidate.  Acobi petitioned the Electoral Commission after his name was missing from the ballot paper.

The position had attracted four candidates including Bob Oola of UPC, John Owaa, an independent candidate, James Owiny of NRM and Alex Acobi of FDC.

Jimmy Musimbi, Apac district Returning officer says they shall organize fresh election for the area at a later date.