Some 756 polling agents who have been manning the polls in Kampala
Central division for the Electoral Commission (EC) have not been paid
for their work.
The polling agents are demanding for
training allowances for one day of 10,000 shillings each and 80,000 shillings
for the work done during the presidential and parliamentary elections, as well
as for the local council five (LCV) elections held on January 14th and
20th, 2021 respectively.
Some of the polling agents from 126 polling stations in Kampala Central
Division this morning gathered at the
Election District Administrators Office and voiced their grievances. They say
that they were meant to get paid immediately after the training, final tally
and handing over the declaration forms of each election date. They say some of
them received contracts and were paid, while some did not receive contracts and
have not been paid.
Gary Lineker, a polling assistant assigned to work at Kakajjo I polling station
in Bukesa, Kampala Central division says they did their work but they have not
been paid, they leave late at night and use a lot of money to get back home.
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Another EC polling agent in the Central Division says she was trained at
Nakasero primary school and promised 10,000 shillings as training allowance,
but would get an additional 40,000 shillings pay day she worked at her Nakasero
II M –Z polling station.
Since the training on 4th January
2021, she has not received any money, but claims to have used more money than
what she is owed in arrears.
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Abdallah Mugagga, a polling assistant at Kamwokya II community A- L says that
it is sad he risked to participate in the 2021 general elections after some
people expressed fear.
Mugagga, says that they spent the whole day and most of
the night at the polling station, but now issues of pay are coming up.He says
that this is unfair especially of leaders.
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The Kampala Central Division Election Administrator Doreen Musiime, confirms that
it is true they didn't have enough cash to pay all the polling assistants, but
their cheque of close to 16 million shillings is available and will be banked
in order for the agents can be paid next week after Mondays elections.
She says overseeing the concurrent elections in 2021 has stretched her
team to deliver results from the elections and also do the administrative work
at office, but some officials, about a hundred have been paid.
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Carol Nimusiima, a parish supervisor for Nakasero
parish says due to the busy schedule, some polling assistants did not receive