EC Warns on Parallel Election Results

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Addressing a media briefing last evening ahead of todays elections, Engineer Dr. Baddru Kiggundu, the Electoral Commission Chairperson, said only the Commission is mandated to announce final poll results.

Electoral Commission-EC has warned the opposition and media against declaring parallel elections results saying they risk facing prosecution.
 
The warning follows reports that the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party and Go-Forward pressure group have established parallel tally centers to compile the presidential election results for comparison with the official results from the Commission.
 
 
Addressing a media briefing last evening ahead of today's elections, Engineer Dr. Baddru Kiggundu, the Electoral Commission Chairperson, said only the Commission is mandated to announce poll results.
 
 
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According to Kiggundu, results from polling stations will be announced by the presiding officer and forwarded to the Sub-County headquarters for onward transmission to the district tally center.  District returning officers will tally and declare results of directly elected Members of Parliament and woman Member of Parliament. 
 

According to Kiggundu, the returning officers will only read out the presidential results and transmit them to the National tally center at Mandela National Stadium, where the final tally will be announced. 

At the same media briefing, Kale Kayihura, the Inspector General of Police expressed his frustration with the challenge of controlling social media.
 

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He calls on social media users to remain objective and factual in whatever they post regarding the polls, saying it is a potential trigger for massive chaos. 

According to the Commission, the final poll results will be announced within 48 hours from the close of polling time.
 
 
 

 

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