Local election observers in Busoga sub-region have asked the
Electoral Commission to adequately prepare for future elections. They argue that it will enable them easily
conduct their civic education roles.
While addressing the press about their findings on Thursday, the
observers noted that due to lack of civic education, several registered voters
did not participate.
They further stress that this electoral cycle was characterized
with several cases of misinformation about the whole electoral process which
might have deterred a section of the population from exercising their right to
Joshua Mutengu, the programs officer of the First African Bicycle
Information Organisation-FABIO says that most of his colleagues were accredited
on the voting day, which technically deterred them from participating in their
different civic education activities aimed at sensitizing the
Mutengu argues that, with such delays involved, the essence of
CSOs in informing citizen participation in the different electoral processes is
watered down, as they will have failed to guide masses on how to vote for developmental
oriented leaders other than those who impress them with bribes.
Faith Namansa, the director of Busoga governance and social
accountability network-BUSOGANET says that they were blocked from accessing the
communities due to covid-19 restrictions, however, during their observation at
the different polling stations, none of the set standard operating procedures was
being adhered to which was a sign of double standards on the side of EC.
//cue in: “civil societies have…
Cue out…do the voting,”.
Namansa adds that CSOs were not accorded space to sensitize
communities on scientific campaigns and the different covid-19 control measures
to be adhered to while casting their votes, which might have contributed to low
voter turn up in some areas.
//cue in: “scientific elections were…
Cue out…to the voting,”.
Mastiko, the Kiira region election officer dismisses claims of bureaucracy in
the accreditation of CSOs arguing that some disgruntled parties failed to meet
the EC’s set standards.