The Electoral Commission (EC) calls upon voters to uphold
the principle of secret ballot which is stipulated in the 2021 election
It is stipulated in the Electoral Commission voter education
handbook that “while voting is done in the open; marking the ballot is secret - your choice is secret (p.35).”
Paul Bukenya, the EC spokesperson has asked the voters to be responsible
not to take pictures or photographs and share them with others as the law does
not allow that.
He says voters should keep their ballot secret for one’s safety
and desist from exposition of persons one will have voted for in the 2021 general
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A cross-section of voters and political candidates oppose
the move by the Electoral Commission to ban the use of cameras and smartphones
within polling stations.
Rebecca Kidaaga, a voter from Kabuwoko village in Lusanja
says people should be allowed to move with their phones as it is a personal gadget
She says people have always voted without taking photos, but
law enforcers may harass voters carrying phones for taking pictures at the polling stations.
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John Mwesigwa, a voter from Kisugu in Makindye division says
people have many gadgets to read while at the polling stations that the EC
He wonders how the election law enforcers will monitor
voters with recording gadgets that are not easily seen.
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Joseph Kabuleta, a presidential candidate says that the
pronouncement is a bad move and could frustrate the need for transparency
He says his team planned to have all his agents equipped with smartphones to
capture events of the day. He hastens to add that the ban raises
questions on the integrity of the process and resurfaces fears of intended
Nancy Linda Kalembe, an Independent Presidential Candidate says
she is more concerned about the safety of the ballot, adding that having such
gadgets in place tantamount to having a polling agent.
She adds that it is
unfortunate that gadgets are banned in the digital era, where even the EC is
encouraging virtual campaigns, virtual activities, and less human to human
This comes as different political camps mobilized media teams ahead of the 2021 general elections, to relay voting live on various platforms using the mobile phones, but the Electoral Commission had earlier banned the use of
cameras and smartphones in the precincts of polling stations across the
On January 14, 2021 Ugandans are going
to the polls to vote presidential and parliamentary candidates.