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Disagreement on Biometric System Led to Dismissal of EC Staff


President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has disclosed the reason why he ordered for the firing of long time Secretary to the Electoral Commission Sam Rwakoojo and three other officials.

In a six-page document posted on his official handle @KagutaMuseveni explaining the rigging that was witnessed in the just concluded NRM parliamentary primaries, Museveni said that the four officials were fired because of corruption.

In his letter, Museveni said that the only way to stop vote rigging without depending on the vigilance of the people is through the digital verification of the voters using their biometric-data so that a voter registers only once and if he or she tries to register a second time, the central memory of the system detects and blocks the vote.

However, according to him, his efforts were suppressed by those who were running the Electoral Commission.

Museveni adds that it will also deal with the problem of ballot stuffing because the fingerprints digitally read must be equal to the votes in the ballot box.

In July, the country was stunned to hear that President Museveni had ordered for the firing of not only Sam Rwakoojo but also, three other officials who included Jotham Taremwa, the director public relations department, Pontius Namugera, the director of technical services and Godfrey Wanyoto, the principal procurement officer at a time when the country was preparing for the 2021 elections.

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