At least 400
prison Officers are undergoing training by the Electoral Commission -EC to pack
from the Uganda Prisons are undergoing training in ballot paper safety, packaging
as well as distribution to polling centers.
The EC says
that the prison officers are concurrently training with the EC staff at the EC
office headquarters warehouse in Kampala, to have them fully prepared to understand
the election process, guarding and protection of the ballot papers and their distribution
to polling centers.
are different divisions to cater for, Paul Bukenya, the public relations
officer says that there 400-600 disciplined officers that will be needed to
handle packing of ballots not only the presidential, but also local government,
municipality city divisions, and sub counties which all require being attended
to at full capacity.
that the prisons trainnees for ballot packing and distribution are temporary and
that there is an allowance arranged to cater for them and the work that they do
throughout the election period; they are entered into the system and payment is
done to their phones by e-payment.
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Baine, the Prisons Spokesperson points out that there are junior and senior
officers that will be handling different constituencies in various districts and that they are undergoing training ballots-related at the moment
“Gervase Tumuhimbise, a Commissioner of Prisons is the overall supervisor of and commander of the
exercise,” he said.
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staff have been organizing and packaging ballot papers for the last two elections
in 2011 and 2016.