ENTEBBE – The Chairperson, Electoral Commission Justice Byabakama Mugenyi Simon held a Press Briefing this evening at Entebbe International Airport where the members of the commission had gone to witness the delivery of the first batch of elections materials, including, ballot papers and Declaration of Results Forms for Elections of District Woman Representative to Parliament.
The first delivery has been made by Al Ghurair Printing and Publishing Company based in Dubai. The United Arab Emirates firm won the contract for Lot 2 of the ballot papers for the General Elections.
This delivery comprises 116 pallets which contain ballot papers for districts falling in seven (7) electoral regions, namely Kampala, South West, Central South, Elgon, Karamoja, Norther and West Nile.
Justice Byabakama says the materials for the five (5) remaining regions is expected within the next few days, which is still within time.
The cost for the delivered election materials is Uganda Shs. 2,536,352,880 (two billion five hundred thirty-six million three hundred fifty-two thousand eight hundred eight), out of the total consignment cost of Uganda Shillings 9,701,600,000 (nine billion seven hundred one million six hundred thousand).
“At this point, I wish to acknowledge the fact that Al Ghurair Printing and Publishing Company has delivered ahead of schedule. We are indeed impressed by the timely production and delivery of the election materials.”
The 116 pallets have been delivered by Emirates Airlines Flight Number EK 9757 at 6pm and are undergoing through processes of port clearance.
The delivery has been observed by agents of political parties and civil society organisations as well as the media.
The Commission has also confirmed the official notice of completion of printing of the expected lot of Ballot Papers and Declaration of Results Forms for 2021 Presidential Elections.
The printer, United Printing and Publishing of Abu Dhabi has confirmed the delivery of these materials on Thursday 10th December 2020 at 13:15 hours; on Emirates Flight 9865, Mr Byabakama said.
These deliveries are a positive indicator of the progress of implementation of critical and final preparations for polling for the 2021 General Elections. This is indeed a sign of our readiness to deliver the elections as scheduled, he added.