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'No plan for Congo UPDF to cast vote'

By Vision Reporter

Added 10th January 2001 03:00 AM

The Electoral Commission has said it has no provision for Ugandan soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo to vote in the coming presidential elections, writes Emmy Allio.

The Electoral Commission has said it has no provision for Ugandan soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo to vote in the coming presidential elections, writes Emmy Allio. The commission Public Relations Officer, Mr. Dick Kizito, said yesterday that the electoral law did not permit voting outside the country. "We are aware that many soldiers now in Congo have voters' cards, but we have no provision at all to make them vote," Kizito said. Some soldiers told The New Vision in Congo in June that their voting rights were being violated when they were excluded from voting in the referendum. The soldiers had argued that in many countries, including the United States, troops serving abroad vote. Army spokesman Major Phinehas Katirima said the army would follow the Electoral Commission's decision. "EC is the supreme body and what they say is what we follow. EC has said it will not take ballot boxes beyond the borders. Should we go to court if we want the soldiers in Congo to vote?" Katirima queried. Kizito said the issue of Congo soldiers was raised recently in the candidates meeting. Ends.

'No plan for Congo UPDF to cast vote'

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