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EC responds to Museveni on “rotten people” charges, sets up inquiry

EC Chairperson Justice Simon Byabakama has sanctioned a team to investigate the President’s claim of EC’s infiltration by corrupt [rotten] persons (FILE PHOTO)

KAMPALA – Following threats by President Museveni to disband the Electoral Commission describing it as an institution full of rotten people that have failed to manage elections, the Commission has set up a team to investigate the remarks by the President.

In a 28th August 2018 letter by Justice Simon Byabakama, Chairman Independent Electoral Commission, he revealed of plans to investigate the allegations so as to give Ugandans free and credible elections.

Justice Byabakama deliberately declined to point out President Museveni’s name and instead stated in his letter that the EC has noted the concerns raised by some stakeholders in the electoral process about the integrity of National Voters Register used in the recent Parliamentary by-elections.

While presiding over the induction ceremony of the just elected women council leaders at Hotel Africana over the weekend, Museveni blamed the Commission for watching on as voters from other parts of the country fluked the voters registers in places like Jinja East that resulted into chaos, saying there is no need to keep the EC officials on their jobs yet NRM has manpower to deliver the results Government desires.

President Museveni has slashed out on the EC affirming that he will deal with the corrupt infiltrates in the Electoral body (FILE PHOTO)

The Commission Chairman welcomed the President’s criticism describing his assessment of events as valuable feedback that would be critical at informing the Commission on the quality of electoral service delivery and areas that may require the Commission’s attention.

He then announced that a team has been set up to investigate the reports, “In light of the concerns about the integrity of the National Voter’s Register, the Commission is reviewing the reports on the by-elections and has appointed a Technical Committee to investigate any claims related to the integrity of the Register with a view of establishing the facts of the claims and be able to apply the necessary remedial measures where necessary in future elections.”

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