By Andrew Irumba
Munyonyo: The Electoral Commission’s Symposium on sensitizing the nation about the electoral process entered day two today, and it is concluding today at Speke Resort Munyonyo.
The Symposium has seen several expatriates in electoral processes both from Uganda and abroad deliver key addresses, sharing their vast experience in organising peaceful, free and fair elections.
Among the key speakers at today’s session was Brian Kagoro, a lawyer based in South Africa, who called for adoption of emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, in managing electoral processes in Africa.
Kagoro challenged Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and all Ugandans to invest in research to be able to prescribe viable solutions to issues affecting society.
“You understand nothing about technology, you understand nothing about the economy or markets… what are you being practical about?” Kagoro wondered.
Meanwhile, Matlosa Khabele , a representative of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), which partly funded the Symposium, said that “Elections require integrity and trust by the public, and at the centre of this is the Electoral Management Bodies.”
Kagoro, who is the founder and Executive Director of UHAl Africa Group ,Johannesburg, SA, said that African politicians refuse to dialogue or employ political tools to resolve political disputes which has caused Africa many problems.He added that the leaders should wake up for a better democracy in Africa.