Citizens Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda (CCEDU) coordinator Mr Crispin Kaheru has commended the efforts by the Electoral Commission to update the voting register for Nebbi district LCV by – election.
Voting in the West Nile district kicked off early this morning.
The EC on 23rd May 2019 announced that it would conduct a by-election to fill Nebbi district LCV seat following the death of the then chairperson William Estrom Alego who was involved in a motor accident in neighbouring Pakwach district on 25th Sept 2018.
The EC says it used local council infrastructure to activate the voters register, by holding a briefing with chairpersons of 636 villages in Nebbi district on May 29th 2019.
“During the session the chairpersons were trained on who constitutes ineligible voters and how to fill form nine (9) which carries names proposed for deletion (such as the dead, those who transferred to other areas, the underage etc).”
“On 1st July 2019, each village was given a copy of register for that area and another copy was displayed at each of the 233 polling stations as mandated by the law between 12th to 21st June 2019”
CCEDU’s Kaheeru said yesterday that these efforts were commendable.
He noted however that there were some isolated aspects of violence as well as arrests of stakeholders including the observers and journalists.
Nonetheless, Kaheru commended what he called a “largely peaceful pre-election environment.”
“CCEDU calls for calm during and after the polling day; and further urges tolerance and speedy post-election reconciliation as a sure way of sustaining political stability and social cohesion in Nebbi District,” he added
According to the CCEDU boss, the voting exercise this morning opened albeit at a slow rate mostly because today coincides with the market days in Erusi, Parombo, Wadelay, Payani and Pakwach.
“Most of the voters are said to be taking part in market day activities before they head to their respective polling stations – later,” he said.
Kaheru also noted a “visible presence of security; although their presence is not of an intrusive nature.”