EC Disowns Ballot Paper Making Rounds On Social Media

The Electoral Commission has dismissed as “fake news,” the presidential ballot paper making rounds on social media purportedly designed by the Commission for 2021 presidential elections.

“Fake news: the post below that is making rounds on social media is fake. The Electoral Commission has not issued the ballot paper design for the 2021 presidential elections. Please disregard and treat it with the contempt it deserves,” the Electoral Commission acting spokesperson Paul Bukenya posted on Tuesday.

It should be noted that one of the EC Commissioners Stephen Tashobya confirmed last Thursday that the contract to print ballot papers had been awarded.

It emerged later that the contract had been handed to a foreign firm despite pushback from the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority (PPDA).

PPDA had earlier ordered cancelation of process of printing ballot papers because the Electoral Commission did not consider local companies while giving out the contract, which is contrary to PPDA Act.

On October 29, 2020, the Electoral Commission Chairman Justice Simon Byabakama insisted on procuring foreign firms to print ballot papers for the 2021 general elections.

“It is a question of capacity. Our technical team realized that there were shortcomings in the technical competences of our local printers, particularly in the area of ballot printing,” Byabakama told reporters.


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