Common Wealth Observers Caution on Campaign Money

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Common Wealth observers say that there are outstanding electoral issues despite the fact that only three days are left to the general elections. Dame Billie Miller, the former premier of Barbados Prime Minister says there is still concern among the opposition on whether there is a level- playing field ahead of the elections. Dame Billie Miller told a news conference in Kampala this morning that there also concerns on the authenticity of the national Voter's registers with regard to the number of voters as well as those who were deleted during the update exercise. She says there was concern that those who were removed from the register could be denied their right to vote. /// Cue In "We were concerned .... Cue Out ....investigation is carried out"/// The Electoral Commission had registered 15 million voters to participate in the elections. After the clean up exercise the number dropped to 13.9 million voters. Badru Kiggundu explained that some of the voters whose names were deleted were found to have done double registration whereas others were none Ugandans. Billie Miller says the group has also noted with concern the ongoing voter bribery made against the main political parties contesting in the elections. She says there is need in future to have a strong law to ensure that candidates and parties make public the source of campaign financing. ///Cue Out "A specific matter .... Cue Out.... if members of Parliament don't account"/// The groups note that the pending Supreme Court decision on Members of Parliament affected by Constitutional court ruling would also impact on the outcome of the elections. The commonwealth observer group is part of over three thousand election observers accredited by Electoral Commission to oversee the Friday general elections.


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