The group of 502 polling officials including presiding officers, polling assistants, Parish and sub-county supervisors attended a 2-day training on how to use the Biometric Voter Verification System (BVVS).
The police have been called to the rescue Sarah Nabukeera, the Acting Rakai Electoral Commission Registrar, from a
rowdy group of polling officials that wanted to beat her up over unpaid training
allowances and use of inappropriate language.
The group of 502 polling officials including
presiding officers, polling assistants, Parish and sub-county supervisors attended a 2-day training on how to use the Biometric Voter Verification System
BVVS was introduced to improve the integrity of the electoral process through
authentication of voter identity, according to the EC. The system basically
uses fingerprints to match voter details which will help the election officer
to confirm that the voter is on the roll of that polling station.
However, the training at Kasozi
secondary school first got a hiccup on Wednesday when the polling officials
complained about poor time management of the trainer, lack of breakfast and
lunch in addition to the poor training design.
According to Mahad Taremwa, one of
the officials from Kacheera sub-county, they were given only one trainer to
handle over 500 officials which was unfair.
He explains that they contacted Nabukeera to respond to their needs but she instead switched her phone off.
He further says that he spent
ugx100,000 on transport from Kacheera to Rakai for two days but district
registrar has not refunded anything.
//Cue in: “Kusaawa eno nkozesa………………
Cue out: …………….tugenda kukola tutya.”//
Douglas Muhiirwe, a poling assistant
from Kansankala sub-county, says they were told to arrive at the venue by 8am
but the trainings would start at 4pm without breakfast or lunch.
//Cue in: “Naye nga bakukubira……………….
Cue out: …………………ekyo oba okiyita kki.”//
Henry Mbuga, another official says
they have been struggling to get food for two days which interfered the
//Cue in: “Twatuusewano egulo saawa………………
Cue out: ………………………..ekituufu ekiri
However, Justine Muhindo, the Rakai Deputy
RDC summoned Nabukeera to the venue at Kasozi Secondary school to explain what
She arrived amid the officials’ high
expectations to receive their allowances only to tell them the money had not been
sent by the EC.
The infuriated group insulted her and
accused her of taking their money. They forced the police constable and reserve
officers to take her to Rakai police station or they would undress and beat her up.
They demanded for their allowances
of 90,000 shillings.
Another affected official, says that they were forced to
invite the Office of the Resident District Commissioner to intervene because
the registrar had also failed
Upon reaching the police station, Charles Mubiru, the Rakai RDC, calmed the officials down saying they were
in close talks with the EC in attempts to have the money wired.