The EC spokesperson points out that further investigation must be done on invalid vote numbers because spoilt votes generate from conduct and behavior of a voter and might be protest votes from people seen from the way they cross out some candidates’ names, which may yield high numbers of the spoilt votes.
Invalid votes or blank ballot papers continue coming in
third position due to their persistently high numbers as presidential election
results are released.
Records show that invalid votes since 1996 come
in third place and thus higher in number than those garnered by any of the presidential candidates coming after the winner and the first runner-up in the race.
YEAR INVALID VOTES
Electoral commission guidelines say that voter’s education
is to provide civic education and give citizenship skills as well as increase
awareness of all Ugandans for the voting processes.
However, some Ugandans are clearly unaware on how to
correctly vote, seeing evidence on the ballots and continue to portray
absolutely no knowledge about it.
Kenneth Kaheru from
Citizens’ Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda (CCEDU) says that
there is inadequate voter education in Uganda and that is the main reason for
the persisting high numbers of invalid votes.
However, Bukenya Paul, Electoral Commission Spokesman disagrees
with Kenneth Kaheru saying that, voter education is very available in Uganda
and should not be a reason for the continued high numbers of spoilt votes
because voter education is actually done until the day of the polls.
He explains this by
saying that there could be other factors that should be thoroughly investigated
on why a voter would invalidate their vote yet the voter comes to a polling
station sanely knowing how to vote and knowing all the rules that follow on how
to vote a specific candidate.
He adds that presiding officers and polling officers always
guide people on how to vote even on polling day and people are showed how to
vote and where to mark in order to avoid invalidating their votes, and that
even on the ballot paper there are graphics guiding one on how to correctly
The EC spokesperson however points out that further
investigation must be done on invalid vote numbers because spoilt votes
generate from conduct and behavior of a voter and might be protest votes from
people seen from why they cross out some candidates’ names which may yield high
numbers in the spoilt votes.
Bukenya further says that voter education also comes in a
way that, posters of different candidates on the streets show how to vote by
having ticks in boxes and how one is supposed to tick on their desired
“At the polling station there is a big sign post showing
people how to vote” Paul Bukenya says
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Records still show that 2016 is the year that registered the
highest number of spoilt votes at nearly half a million, however, there is a decline in the number of
invalid votes this year, with a difference of 95,933 invalid votes less than
Through observations, the voting processes at various
polling stations went on peacefully and people were able to vote for their
leaders, but as the process of vote counting began, with votes for different
candidates being read invalid or blank ballots papers keep appearing as well.
Observations still show that people may not properly know
how to vote for their desired candidate when they approach the ballot paper.
People make mistakes such as ticking on faces of the candidates, some put their
fingerprint and it goes beyond the required box to put it in and some tick but
also go ahead to cross out other candidates on the ballot which makes the