With the long awaited 2021 general elections now only 4 days out, there are still many unknowns on how the process will play out.
A record 18.1million Ugandans are said to have registered to partake in this election, which is being held under unique circumstances because of the prevailing Covid19 pandemic.
Amid an anticipated government crackdown on dissemination of unconfirmed election results through social media — as police confirmed on Friday –, there will be a need for reliable sources of genuine information and data on the elections.
One such is a newly launched digital platform named “Uchaguzi” by the Ministry of ICT and National Guidance.
The platform entails a website, a mobile app and a chat bot.
Awel Uwihanganye, who heads the Government Citizen Interaction Centre (GCIC) team that came up with the platform says after the election, on both the app and the website, users will be able to track the confirmed results of both the presidential and parliamentary election results.
The platform, he says will remain up and running up to May 2021 when the elected officials will be sworn in.
The website already has information on all presidential and parliamentary candidates around the country.
The Uchaguzi App is currently available on the Apple Store, while Android users will be able to download it directly from the website.