The Electoral Commission of Uganda will use a biometric system – a system that uses human body characteristics to determine identity – to update its voters register ahead of next year’s general election, says Electoral Commission spokesman Jotham Taremwa. Denying reports that the electoral commission lacks funds needed to organize the elections within the next 10 months, Taremwa says the electoral body needs about $90,000,000 to organize the elections. The government has disbursed $67,000,000 but has yet to release the rest of the funds.
Some opposition politicians expressed worry that the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) could use the lack of funds to rig the election to ensure incumbent President Yoweri Museveni wins the presidential vote.
Taremwa disagreed. He says he is assured that the administration in Kampala will release the rest of the funds the commission needs to organize the vote.
“I am very confident that government will give us this money, and we will organize these elections. When we launched our roadmap, we requested funding in three different financial years,” said Taremwa.
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