Police quiz EC official over abandoned ID file

Masaka. Police have quizzed the Masaka District Electoral Commission officer, Mr Tolbert Musinguzi, over an abandoned file containing bio-data documents used to register people for national identity cards in September.
According to police, the file was left in one of the offices at the district headquarters and later taken to the Resident District Commissioner’s office last Friday.
The documents contained bio-data of people in Katwe-Butego Division in Masaka Municipality.
Upon receiving the file, the RDC, Mr Linos Ngompek, said he considered the act a matter of criminal negligence and handed the document over to the police, which interrogated Mr Musinguzi on Monday.
“It is unfortunate that some people failed to do the job they were paid for,” Mr Ngompek said.
He said the file was brought to his office by well-wishers who got concerned about the safety of people’s bio-data.
“But it is possible that the Electoral Commission registrar did not make enough effort to follow up his staff on the ground,” the RDC added.
Police want Mr Musinguzi to produce the officers that were deployed in the areas where the 282 forms in the box file were filled.
The file carried the signature of Ms Ritah Nalubwama as the verification officer.
However, Mr Musinguzi in a statement to police denied any carelessness on the part of any official in his department.
He said it was the work of ill-intentioned people who wanted to fail the ID registration exercise.
The EC official said the fact that the documents were held in the file does not mean that the people will miss their IDs because the commission still retained the data in soft copy.

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SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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