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Electoral Commission Procures Bio-metric Verification Machines

The Electoral Commission (EC) has procured Biometric Voter Verification (BVV) machines to necessitate the digital verification of voters using their biometric data or fingerprints, ahead of 2021 general elections.

The EC spokesperson Paul Bukenya made the pronouncement on Friday.

“In order to improve accuracy, security, efficiency and credibility in the delivery of electoral services, the Electoral Commission has embarked on deliberate actions to integrate technology in its operations and systems.”

“Accordingly, in preparation for the general elections, 2021, the Electoral Commission acquired Biometric Voter Verification (BVV) machines which will be used to verify voters who present themselves at polling stations on polling day,” said Bukenya

The newly acquired bio metric machines

The BVV machines are aimed at curbing vote rigging or multiple voting.

The machines, Bukenya said will be deployed at all the 34,684 polling stations across the country.

In order to enhance awareness and transparency about the system, Bukenya announced that the Electoral Commission will hold a public demonstration of BVV system today Saturday at Hotel Africana.

While dispatching electoral materials to various districts on Wednesday this week, the Electoral Commission chairman Justice Simon Byabakama said the Commission had bought new BVV machines, and was therefore not going to use the ones used in the 2016 general elections.

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There have been concerns by election observers and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) that the 2016 BVV machines did not keep the data that could be used in Court petitions after the election.

In the run up the 2016 general elections, the Electoral Commission procured a sh90 billion Biometric Voter Verification machines.

However, during the hearing of the Supreme Court petition that was filed by former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi challenging presidential election results, the then Electoral Commission chairman Eng. Dr Badul Kiggundu said he did not know the number of voters who were verified by BVV machines because the equipment was not progemmed to release data immediately before the whole electoral cycle had been completed.

Ugandans will go to the polls on January 14 to elect the next president.

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