As the country waits to go to the polls on 14th this month, voters are seriously concerned with the technology going to be used by the electoral commission in the upcoming exercise.
According to the executive director center for constitutional governance, Sara Birete, the electoral commission has remained extremely silent on the kind of technology they are to use in the coming voting exercise which continues to raise questions on the credibility of the coming exercise from all stakeholders in the country.
In the Amama Mbabazi election petition in 2016, the Supreme Court recommended that the commission uses technology in this election with well spelt guidelines, regulations on its operations to both the voters and the commission.
But to her surprise, the commission has not come out to respect the court guidance which forces the public to question its credibility.
She also cautions govt on the increasing criminalization of citizens during this political season adding that such acts are impacting negatively on citizen’s civic rights to participate in the coming polls.
Uganda’s special UN human rights rapporteur, Margaret Ssekajja is calling for equitable dispensation of justice during the heated up electoral period in the country.
Ssekajja’s remarks follow the continued arrest and brutalization of opposition presidential candidates, their supporters and members of the campaign trail.
She notes that despite of a person’s political affiliation there is no need for security organs to oppress them as they go about canvassing for support.
She further warns that such discriminating acts are likely to see a rise of hundreds of electoral petitions discrediting the whole exercise.
Ssekajja now challenges the electoral commission to fully own up the exercise to avoid any further challenges in the remaining days.