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FDC Challenges EC’s Ban of Cameras at Polling Stations

‘Kindly provide us with the law which forbids the use of cameras and phones at polling stations.’

By Innocent Vuga

Opposition party, Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has today through its General Secretary opposed the Electoral Commission’s order of banning cameras around polling stations in an election that will starts in six days.

The Electoral Commission chairperson Justice Simon Byabakama on 6 January announced the ban of cameras on polling stations, arguing that this is aimed at protecting the integrity of the ballot.

“We shall not allow Cameras at the Polling Stations. We shall also not allow selfies in these places. But, those with cameras can take photos outside these ringed fences.” Byabakama announced.

Now, the FDC has written to the EC opposing this decision, challenging the legal grounds to which it was adopted.

‘Kindly provide us with the law which forbids the use of cameras and phones at polling stations.’

‘If you’re saying it is a transparent election, why do you stop observing and comment on the process with equipment which enhances transparency?’ FDC’s Secretary General, Nandala Mafabi asked.

Byabakama’s pronouncement also brings down the National Unity platform’s arrangement where their Presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine has been urging his people to take photos and videos of whatever takes place on polling stations during the 14 January election.

Many political players have questioned the order from the time it was proposed by Justice Byabakama in September 2019. FDC Secretary General, Nathan Nandala Mafabi immediately questioned the motive behind the Electoral Commission proposal while the US mission in Uganda appealed to parliament to uphold internal best practices and allow the use of cameras and phones at polling stations during the 2021 general elections.

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