The Electoral Commission (EC) has today started dispatching polling materials including ballot papers to various districts across the country ahead of the presidential and general parliamentary elections scheduled for Thursday, January 14, 2021.
In a press statement from the EC Chairman Justice Simon Byabakama, he said the dispatch of the materials will continue until all districts are dispatched and that the Commission assures all stakeholders that all districts/cities across the country will have received their polling kits in time for the elections.
The areas whose polling materials were dispatched today are; Busia (Elgon Region), Butambala (Central Region), Mukono (Kampala Region), Iganga (Kira Region), Karenga (Karamoja Region), Kasese (Rwenxori Region), Agago (Northern Region), Sironko (Elgon Region), and Terego (West Nile Region).
Also dispatched were materials for; Elections of councilors for Special Interest Groups (SIGs), namely, Older Persons, Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), Youth, to Sub county/ Town Council/ Municipal Division to be held on 11th January, and Elections of councilors for Special Interest Groups (SIGs), namely, Older Persons, Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), Youth, to the municipality/City Division to be held on 12th January 2021.
“We wish to emphasize that this dispatch is designed to facilitate timely delivery of polling materials to all districts and eventually enable timely conduct of the elections across the country. At the various districts, the Returning Officers and District Police Commanders (DPCs) will take charge of the security of these polling materials,” Byabakama said.
“Political Parties and all candidates for Presidential Elections have also been invited to observe the dispatch of the materials to the districts. The commission wishes to remind parties and candidates who may wish to accompany these polling materials to officially appoint (in writing) the agents who will follow the dispatch so that they are cleared, including particular vehicles they will use,” he added.