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. Justice Byabakama on counting votes;…

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.

Mr.Rogers Bicwa an agent of Gen.Gregory Mugisha Muntu says people need to protect their votes and ensure transparency during the counting. 

Mr. Rogers on votes;……

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


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