The Electoral Commission on Thursday started the nationwide voter register update expected to run for three weeks from November 21st to December 11th 2019 in preparation for the 2021 elections.
The E.C Chairman, Simon Mugenyi Byabakama told journalists at their offices in Kampala on Thursday that the exercise shall even be carried out during weekends.
“The General Update of the National Voters’ Register will be conducted at update stations as shall be publicized for each parish throughout Uganda, from Thursday 21st November 2019 to Wednesday 11th December 2019, starting from 8:00am to 6:00pm, on each of the appointed dates, including weekends,” said Byabakama.
Byabakama noted that during the General Update exercise, the Electoral Commission will register eligible Ugandan citizens of 18 years and above, who are not yet registered as voters.
Persons intending to register as a voter from across the country are expected to turn up in person at an update centre in order to provide his/her 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. A person who is already registered as a voter anywhere in Uganda must not register again,” said Byabakama.
Meanwhile during the update exercise, registered voters who wish to transfer to new voting locations will be able to apply for such transfer.
A voter who wishes to transfer to a new voting location is expected 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. Such applicants should ensure they have details of their previous 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.
The EC Chairperson noted that the register of each polling station within the respective parish/ward for voters to confirm accuracy and correct errors.
Voters shall have the opportunity to make necessary correction in regard to spelling mistakes, gender and a mismatch of photograph.
Registered voters are not expected to make changes to their age/date of birth, or include (new) additional names.
During this exercise, the 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.
Byabakama also revealed the National Youths Voters’ Register for election of Youth Councils and Committees; Workers’ Voters’ Register for election of Representatives to Parliament; the National PWDs Voters’ Register for election of PWD Councils and Committees and the National Older Persons Voters’ Register for election of Older Persons Councils and Committees are as well going to be updated.
He appealed 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.