Election Watch

Presidential ballot papers to be delivered today – EC

The Electoral Chairperpson Justice Simon Byabakama has confirmed that the consignment of presidential ballot papers will be received in the country today Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 1:15pm.

Justice Byabakama, who was witnessing the delivery of the first batch of ballot papers for district women representatives to Parliament and declaration forms for district women councilors at Entebbe International Airport last evening, said the ballot papers for the presidential candidates will be delivered at once.

“The ballots arrived at 6pm in 116 pallets weighing 40 tonnes. The consignment is for seven regions,” Justice Byabakama said.
However, he could not tell the number of ballot papers in the pallets. He said he will establish the number today.

The ballot papers were printed by Al Ghurair Printing and Publishing LLC.
The delivered consignment cost the EC Shs9. 7b. The delivery cost was around Shs2 billion.

Electoral Commission chairman Simon Byabakama (right) examines a consignment of ballot papers at Entebbe International Airport, yesterday. The consignment was received in presence of representatives of different political parties and civil society organisations. PHOTO/ABUBAKER LUBOWA (Daily Monitor)

The printing of ballot papers was done by foreign companies in United Kingdom, South Africa and UAE.

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Justice Byabakama said the South Africa company printing the ballots informed them that they were about to complete the work and deliver them to Uganda.

Only a Forum for Democratic Change representative and one member of the civil society organisation witnessed the delivery of the ballot papers.
Justice Byabakama said they informed all parties to witness the exercise.

The elections for president and MPs will take place on January 14.
Justice Byabakama said the delivered ballot papers are for seven regions, including Kampala, Elgon, northern, West Nile and south western region.

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