Joshua Bwambale, the Kayonza Parish Supervisor in Ddwaniro sub-county, says the trainer had a big load, which he couldn’t handle proficiently. He says given the limited time, trainer chose to train one group, which he told to train others. He says the first group never had the skills to train fellow officials.
officials from different Sub-counties in Rakai District say they didn’t fully
understand how to use the Biometric Voter Verification System-BVVS in the
two-day’s training they had last week. This comes just two days to the presidential and parliamentary elections scheduled for Thursday.
The BVVS was introduced to improve the integrity of the
electoral process through authentication of voter identity, according to the EC. It basically uses
fingerprints to match voter’s details and help the election officer to confirm that the voter is on the register of that polling station.
The Electoral Commission, through Sarah Nabukeera, the
Acting Rakai District Registrar, organised 2-day training at Kasozi secondary
school on January 6th and 7th for 520 polling officials to learn how to use the
However, the officials including presiding officers,
polling assistants, parish and sub-county supervisors say they had only one
instructor to show them how the BVVS device works. Joshua Bwambale, the Kayonza Parish Supervisor in Ddwaniro
sub-county, says the trainer had a big load, which he couldn’t handle
He says given the limited time, trainer chose to train one
group, which he told to train others. He
says the first group never had the skills to train fellow officials.
//Cue in: “Just only one trainer………………
Cue out:…………tebanaba ku traininga.”//
Patrick Kirembeka, a polling assistant from Kiwololo village
in Kagamba sub-county, says the trainer had a big number of people and limited
time. He explains that the trainer was too fast while handling different
groups leaving behind the majority, especially slow learners.
//Cue in: “Buli omu ajakuba alondesa………………
Cue out:………………..kubanga aba teyakozeeki.”//
Douglas Muhiirwe, a polling assistant from Kansankala
sub-county, admits that he did not understand anything because the group that
was trained to train them also did not understand how the BVVS works. He attributed
it to the registrar who failed to hire more than one trainer to help the
officials understand how the device operates.
Muhiirwe further explains that failure to understand the
BVVS device will impede the election exercise. He appealed to the
district Registrar to give them another opportunity to learn the device in the
remaining few days to be sure of what to do on Election Day.
//Cue in: “Nsinga omuntu obeeraoyize………………
Cue out:………..kyewasobola okukwaata kyekyo.”//
While several people faced a challenge learning the BVVS,
Dorah Namayanja, another polling official from Buleebi village, Bugona Parish
in Lwamaggwa sub-county, says she clearly understood how it works. She
adds that given the knowledge she attained she can work on 30 people in an hour
given the stability of the BVVS gadget.
//Cue in: “Buli omu ayiga bubwe………………
Cue out:………..ekyuma nga tekyekyanzemu.”//
Sarah Nabukeera, the Acting Rakai District Registrar, told
URN that she was yet to receive any complaint from the polling officials.
She promised to contact all sub-county and parish supervisors to identify
those who did not understand how the device operates to help them master it