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EC Starts Packing Ballot Papers ahead of 2021 Presidential Elections

The Electoral Commission has commenced the packing of ballot papers and Declaration of Results Forms for Presidential and Parliamentary Elections, whose polling shall take place on January 14, 2021.

The packing process is expected to take a period of seven days, after which the Commission will embark on the second round of packing materials for District/City Local Government Councils Elections.

“The ballot papers and DR Forms are the last items to be included into the polling kit; this polling kit is going to be sealed and the serial numbers of the seals will be recorded and shared with political parties and candidates,” said the EC chairperson, Justice Simon Byabakama Mugenyi on December 26 in Kampala.

“The kit will be stored in this facility, awaiting dispatch to the respective districts on a date which will be communicated to stakeholders.”

The duly nominated presidential candidates for the 2021 race are Yoweri Tibahaburwa Kaguta Museveni, John Katumba, Nancy Linda Kalembe, Henry Tumukunde, Mugisha Muntu, Norbert Mao, Joseph Kabuleta Kiiza and Patrick Amuriat Oboi.

Others are Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, Fred Mwesigye and Willy Mayambala.

The Electoral Commission received the first delivery of ballot papers and Declaration of Results Forms for District Woman Representative to Parliament, on Wednesday 9th December 2020.

This has since been followed by the delivery of ballot papers and Declaration of Results (DR) Forms for other elective positions, namely, Presidential, Directly-elected Members of Parliament and Local Government Councils (Chairperson and Councillors in partial consignments.

To-date, the Commission says it has received the complete delivery of ballot papers for Presidential and Parliamentary (Directly-elected and District Women Representative) Elections.

Byabakama said the timely packing and planned dispatch will enable the Commission deliver the polling kit to all districts on schedule.

The polling kit includes Ballot Papers; Declaration Results Forms; Polling Register (National Voters’ Register for the respective Polling Station); Generic Polling Forms which include Accountability of Ballot Papers, Official Report Book, and generic materials such as the ink pad, indelible ink, pens, among others.

Byabakama said political parties and all candidates for Presidential Elections were invited to observe the packing of the materials and observe the packing of the ballot papers and DR Forms.

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