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Kampala Vote Tallying Halted As EC Machines Crash

The Electronic Results Dissemination and Transmission System ERDTS has crashed and delayed the tallying of results of the just concluded division local council elections in Kampala district.
The Electronic Results Dissemination and Transmission System (ERDTS) has crashed and delayed the tallying of results of the just concluded division local council elections in Kampala district.

The results from all the five divisions in Kampala district—Kampala Central, Kawempe, Makindye, Rubaga and Nakawa—are to be tallied at the Uganda Manufacturer's Association (UMA) Conference Hall Lugogo.

Charles Ntege, the returning officer told Uganda Radio Network that the problem is with the main server that has failed to communicate with the other computers being used by the tally clerks. 

The server is supposed to publish data on the polling stations on the computer once the information is entered into it but it has failed to read all the pre-installed data.

A technician from the Electoral Commission has been brought into rectify the problem. Ntege says the program has to be uninstalled and then reinstalled so that vote tallying can commence.

The ERDTS was procured by the Electoral Commission to make the process of results tallying easy and transparent. The same system was used during both the presidential and parliamentary elections on February 18th and the February 26th district local council elections.

The machine was supplied by Avante International, a company based in the United States of America after the EC suspiciously cancelled the contract of Sytel, a European company, prompting the Democratic Governance Facility (DGF) to cancel a 4.5 billion shillings donation that was meant to be a co-funding for the equipment.

The positions for which the results are to be tallied are Division mayors, directly elected councillors and woman representatives to Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA).

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