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OPINION: Forthcoming elections are a complete waste of money, resources during COVID-19

KAMPALA- The forthcoming elections are a complete waste of money, resources, and time because these elections will certainly not change much, especially given the period in which we are.

Instead, it is going to leave a very big impact on the spread of # COVID -19; where at a polling station the use of material will be the same. Cross checking contacts to ascertain an individual’s registration status, ticking to vote; too many facilities and supplies are likely to be used by many people as we go to the polls.

There will be so much human contact as people share pens, paper and other resources.

Like I anticipated post NRM primaries, that the Covid -19 spread was likely to shoot high – and indeed we did see a rise in cases, after these elections, the impact on the COVID -19 spread will be immeasurable. 

I call upon researchers, academicians, and other concerned Ugandans to carry out a study on this. The findings of which I can vaguely give; what we are likely to get out of this exercise is worse than what is certainly going into it.

If we don’t carry out a cost benefit analysis, it is going to be shameful with a loss of human lives, and a waste of resources and time.

The writer is the Chairman of Labour Party Uganda and a Senior Lecturer at Kampala International University ( KIU).

By Rogers Barigayomwe

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