Speaking to political leaders and civil society organization-CSO actors, during the post-election evaluation meeting held at Iganga district headquarters last Friday, Mastiko said that they have put in place a system where all their staff implicated in jeopardizing the smooth execution of the electoral process shall be registered.
The Kiira region election officer, Emmanuel Matsiko has said
that the Electoral Commission-EC will blacklist all their staff implicated in
election malpractice related tendencies.
Speaking to political leaders and civil society
organization-CSO actors, during the post-election evaluation meeting held at Iganga
district headquarters last Friday, Matsiko said that they have put in place a system where all their staff implicated in jeopardizing the smooth
execution of the electoral process shall be registered.
Matsiko argues that several individuals have raised
complaints about some sub county supervisors and polling officials alike, who
reportedly connive with selected political actors to frustrate efforts of fairness during
the execution of the electoral cycle. He however said investigations are ongoing to
ascertain the merits in the allegations against them.
He made it clear that the blacklist initiative is aimed at
ensuring that individuals implicated in malpractice scandals are never employed
by EC during implementation of future electoral cycles. He adds that, such stringent measures
will foster recruitment of only individuals with high quality moral standards
to mane the electoral process.
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Matsiko further stressed that they have earmarked a special
program of rallying members of the general public, political actors and EC
staff alike on the dangers of involving themselves in bribery tendencies, as
the same vices kill the essence of fair play during the electoral process.
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Yusuf Akubonabona, the Kaliro district assistant chief
administrative officer said that EC should ensure timely civic education
sessions so as to sensitize the wider population on their roles and
responsibilities during the execution of the electoral process.
Akubonabona further stressed that key implementers in the
electoral cycle should harmonize on their respective roles, which will reduce
conflicts and in turn foster EC’s independence while handling
electoral processes at various levels.
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Meanwhile, Ruth Nakayima, the Iganga district female
workers’ councilor says that, cases of multiple voting were registered at the
different polling stations under the watch of polling officials.