Security Accused of Influencing Recruitment Of Polling Officials

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Opposition and some candidates for the ruling party accuse the Resident District Commissioner and Kabale District Internal Security Officer of trying to influence the recruitment exercise.

Complaints of bias and influence peddling have arisen in Kabale district as the Electoral Commission embarks on the recruitment exercise of polling officials.

Opposition and some candidates for the ruling party in the counties of Rukiga, Ndorwa East and Ndorwa West, accuse the Resident District Commissioner, Darius Nandinda and Kabale District Internal Security Officer, Robert Nabimanya, of trying to influence the recruitment exercise.

Ndorwa County East Member of Parliament Wilfred Niwagaba, claims that the two are trying to ensure that polling officials sympathetic to the ruling National Resistance Movement party are recruited.
 
Jack Sabit, the Rukiga County Member of Parliament and Ndorwa County East Member of Parliament Wilfred Niwagaba, have filed a complaint against the two  at the Electoral Commission office in Kabale.

According to Niwagaba, Sub County internal security officers are being used to screen those who have applied to work as polling officers.

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Sabit says that he has reliable information that the office of the resident district commissioner has been working hard to influence the choice of polling officials.
 
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Kabale district returning officer Juma Shesa told Uganda Radio Network that he has received the complaints.

He however says that the Commission is subjecting the applicants to standard interviews and denied any involvement to security personal in the exercise.
 
Kabale deputy Resident District Commission, Denis Nzeirwe however denies claims that security officials under his office have been trying to influence the choice of polling officials.

The Electoral Commission is set to recruit 140,050 polling assistants and presiding officers for the February 18, general election.

The officers will be responsible for the polling stations; opening it at 7am and closing at 4pm. They will receive voting materials from the EC office, count ballots, and announce the election results.
 

 

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