However, Charles Ochola, the spokesperson Electoral Commission, says they do not work under the directive of any political party. He stresses that they are carrying out the electoral process with the full knowledge of the voters who are showing them who is eligible to vote.
The Forum for Democratic says it has evidence that the Electoral Commission is registering underage voters for the Butambala by-elections.
Toterebuka Bamwenda claims the EC and ruling National Resistance Movement are editing people out of the register who are perceived not to vote in favour of the NRM candidate.
They are tampering with the register and FDC says if it continues, the by-election will be challenged on and contested on grounds of unfairness.
Bamwenda adds that even those who are not residents of Butambala are being registered. This is going on in polling stations in the areas of Kiwala, Bugobango in Ngando sub-county, Mukalo, Nakatooke, Bullo trading centre in Bullo sub-county and Kabasanda.
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The FDC and the Democratic Party have fielded DP’s Muwanga Kivumbi while Faisal Kikulukunyu is the NRM candidate.
However, Charles Ochola, the spokesperson Electoral Commission, says they do not work under the directive of any political party.
He stresses that they are carrying out the electoral process with the full knowledge of the voters who are showing them who is eligible to vote.
Ochola states that during the voter display, the commission can weed out those who are underage and the non-residents.
But it is impossible for them to know which voter is voting for which party candidate.
He notes that it is pertinent that all the participants including FDC, DP and the Uganda Federal Alliance to participate in the process.
Ochola adds that claims of underage registration cannot arise now since agents of each participatory has been accredited to monitor the process. He reveals that all stakeholders were met on Friday last week to harmonise any queries with the Electoral commission.
He also clarified that the new entrants into the voter registrar are people who have just clocked 18 years of age and those who have moved from other constituencies to become permanent voting residents in Butambala.
The contest is majorly between FDC’s Kivumbi and NRM’s Kikulukunyu. Others contesting for the seat include Ibrahim Tomusange of Uganda Federal Alliance and Independents Faridah Nakiboneka, Sharif Ssentongo and State House operative Asisha Kabanda.
Nominations take place tomorrow and Wednesday.
The by-elections set for 12 September in Butambala follow the High court’s nullification of Kikulukunyu previous win over election malpractice.