Go-Forward Sets Up Secret Tally Center

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Solome Nakaweesi, the Chief of Staff of the Go Forward Secretariat, told URN this morning her offices in Nakasero in Kampala that they will not publicise the tally center to avoid disruption from security agencies.

The camp of independent presidential candidate, Amama Mbabazi has reportedly set up a secret tally center ahead of the Thursday polls, URN has learnt.
 

Solome Nakaweesi, the Chief of Staff of the Go Forward Secretariat, told URN this morning her offices in Nakasero in Kampala that they will not publicise the tally center to avoid disruption from security agencies.

 
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Solome says the tally center will be a central point for the compilation of election results. The Go-Forward team, says it will get information from all district tally centers, which they will use to compare with the official results announced by Electoral Commission. 
 
EC is by law required to release the election results within 48 hours from the closure of voting. However recently, Eng. Badru Kiggundu the chairperson of the Electoral Commission warned all political parties and organisations that had planned to set up their own tally centers that, they do not have the mandate to announce results of the election. 
 

Med Kaggwa, the chairperson Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) says there is nothing wrong with the opposition having parallel tally centers. However, he reiterates that it is only EC that has the constitutional mandate to release election results.
 

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During the 2011 general election, the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party set up a parallel tally center but it was raided by police. The party has also been preparing to have a tally center of its own in this week's election.
  
A reliable source at the FDC party headquarters told URN that the party plans to set up two tally centers this election. One of the FDC tally centers is to be situated at the party headquarters and open to the public and another at a secret location to avoid police disruption.

 

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