Independent presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi has poked holes in the Biometric Voter Verification System (BVVS) launched by the Electoral Commission on Tuesday arguing that sometimes thumb prints do not work.
Addressing the media in Mbarara yesterday, Mbabazi said that he has doors himself that he opens with thumb print but sometimes they dont not work.
“If you have an ID but your thumb print is rejected, you will not vote but you have a photo ID. Why should you prefer one against the other? Because this is their own product as well. And I have experienced myself cases where my own thumb print does not work,” Mbabazi said.
He added; “I have doors which I open by thumb print myself for my own security and sometimes it does not work. A thumb print to work, you must have taken all gloves and if there is any single glove missing, it may not work. And that does not necessary mean that you are not the one.”
While launching the system Electoral Commission Chairman Eng. Badru Kiggundu said that it will help to improve integrity of the electoral process through authentication of voter identity. This system uses fingerprints to match voter details.
He revealed that the commission has acquired 32,334 (thirty two thousand three hundred and thirty four) machines to cater for the 28,010 (twenty eight thousand and ten) polling stations.