NRM picks Mbarara’s Michael Tusiime to head inspection of ballots team

MP Michael Tusiime. Courtesy Photo

The ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party has appointed outgoing Mbarara Municipality MP Michael Tusiime to head its ballot papers inspections team.

On December 10, the second batch of ballot papers for the 2021 elections arrived at the Entebbe International Airport.

The first batch was delivered December 09.

According to Electoral Commission (EC) chairperson Justice Simon Mugenyi Byabakama, the first batch of elections materials included ballot papers and Declaration of Results Forms for Elections of District Woman Representative to Parliament.

“This first delivery has been made by Al Ghurair Printing and Publishing Company based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. This firm won the contract for Lot 2 of the ballot papers for the general elections,” Byabakama noted.

“The cost for the delivered election materials is shs2.56bn out of the total consignment cost of shs.9.7 billion.”

He praised Al Ghurair Printing and Publishing Company for delivering the materials ahead of schedule.

“We are indeed impressed by the timely production and delivery of the election materials.”

The batch consisted of 116 pallets. Ballots for Kampala, South West, Central South, Elgon, Karamoja, Northern and West Nile arrived first.

Political parties are expected to send representatives to inspect the ballot papers delivered.

On December 10, the secretary general of the ruling NRM party, Kasule Lumumba, appointed Tusiime to head the political organisation’s inspection team.

The seven-member ballot papers inspection team also includes NRM EC deputy chairperson John Arimpa Kigyagi, Mawokota South MP John Bosco Seguya Lubyayi, Jane Odwong Akwero, Luweero District Woman MP Lillian Segujja Nakate, outgoing Buyamba County MP Amos Mandela and Sirian Baguma.

SG Lumumba has written to EC chairperson Byabakama, asking him to accord the seven members of the NRM ballot papers inspection team “all the necessary assistance.”

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