The Electoral Commission (EC) has Thursday began a nationwide exercise to update the National Voters’ Register ahead of the 2021 general elections.
According to the electoral body, the update of the register will be conducted at update stations starting today, Thursday until December 11, 2019.
Updating of the electoral register is in accordance with Article 61 (1)(e) of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda (as amended), and Sections 18 and 19 of the Electoral Commission Act (Cap 140).
EC Chairman, Justice Simon Byabakama said that during the exercise, the Electoral Commission will register eligible Ugandan citizens of 18 years and above, who are not yet registered as voters.
Byabakama was Thursday launching the electoral roadmap, at a news conference held in Kampala.
The update exercise will be a self-reporting exercise in which a person intending to register as a voter will turn up in person at an update centre in order to provide their personal details, photograph, signature and finger prints.
An eligible person who wishes to register as a voter will be able to do so at any of the update centres countrywide where a registration kit will be stationed.
At the same time, EC will receive applications for registered voters seeking to transfer to new voting locations.
Voters who wish to transfer to a new voting location will be required to present confirmation that he/she originates from or is, at the time of application for transfer, a resident of the Parish of that (new) voting location.
“The update exercise will also enable registered voters to check and confirm that their particulars are on the Register at voting locations which they indicated during registration,” Justice Byabakama said.
It will further enable registered voters to confirm accuracy of their particulars on the Voters Register, and correct any error(s) that may be identified in their particulars on the Register.
At each update station, EC will display the Register of each polling station within the respective Parish/Ward.
The Chairman also revealed that details of learners who were registered under the Learners Project in 2017 and have since attained the age of 18 years will be updated and assigned a polling station within their parish of residence or origin.
The update of the Register will also encompass Special Interest Groups – youths, workers, Persons with Disability (PWDs) and older persons.
“The Electoral Commission appeals to all stakeholders in the electoral process to support the General Update exercise through enthusiastic participation, and in accordance with the guidelines which have been issued for this exercise, ” Justice Byabakama said.