EC: Over 50% Of the Biometric Equipment Not Yet in the Country

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Jotham Taremwa, the Electoral Commission Public Relations Officer says the commission received the first batch of the biometric equipment from the South Africa based Smartmatic International, last week.

Electoral Commission-EC has so far received less than half of the biometric equipment required for the February 18th general elections.
 
Jotham Taremwa, the Electoral Commission Public Relations Officer says the commission received the first batch of the biometric equipment from the South Africa based Smartmatic International last week.

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He says the commission has planned to have two emergency biometric machines at all Sub-Counties, in the event that those at the polling stations break down. The Commission is not sure when the company will deliver all the required equipment.

Taremwa says the Commission will soon embark on training election staff and polling agents how to use the equipment. He also disclosed the printing of the ballots is already ongoing in the United Kingdom, Dubai, South Africa and within Uganda. 
 
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At least 15.3 million Ugandans will take part in the February polls to vote for their political leaders for the next five years.

 

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