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Voters Will Not Be Allowed to Witness Vote Counting-EC

Simon Byabakama, the Electoral Commission Chairperson said that in the wake of COVID-19, they will allow specific people like agents of candidates, EC officials and security personnel only at the polling stations.
EC Chair Byabakama and other EC commissioners flagoff the voting materials to districts

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Voters will not be allowed to witness the counting of votes at polling stations due to COVID-19 standard Operating Procedures. This is according to the Electoral Commission.

Simon Byabakama, the Electoral Commission Chairperson who was speaking at the ceremony to dispatch polling materials said that in the wake of COVID-19, they will allow specific people like agents of candidates, EC officials and security personnel only at the polling stations.

Byabakama says that although it is a right for people to witness the counting of votes, the few people that will remain behind will ensure transparency. He says that it is also dangerous to keep people of different political party and supporters of rival candidates in the same area.

He advised voters to go back home after voting and not hang around to wait for the vote counting.

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According to the Electoral Commission guidelines for the sake of transparency, voters have a right to attend and witness the process of counting of votes.  The Presidential elections act says that voters can stay at least 20 meters from the polling station.

‘‘Voters who have cast their votes and all other persons in the vicinity of the polling station other than election officers, candidates, candidates’ agents and observers shall stand or sit at least twenty meters away from the table’’.

Rogers Bicwa says people need to protect their votes and ensure transparency during the counting. 

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Paul Bukenya, the Electoral Commission Spokesperson also said voters who come to the polling station without masks will be turned away.

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