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Uchaguzi: Government Launches New Voter Info Digital Platform

Government through the Ministry of ICT and National Guidance has Friday unveiled a new platform through which Ugandans can easily access relevant information pertaining to the upcoming general elections.

With now less that a fortnight to the presidential elections, the platform dubbed “Uchaguzi” is hoped to help voters gain quick access to important information about the election process.

The platform, launched today at the Ministry offices in Kampala, entails a website (https://uchaguzi.go.ug) an app and a chat bot.

Speaking at the launch, Awel Uwihanganye who heads the Government Citizen Interaction Center (GCIC) said the platform was launched with support from the ministry and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung.

Awel said “Uchaguzi” was aimed at complementing efforts of the Electoral Commission to expand election information and voter education, which he said is part of the ICT ministry’s mandate to provide civic education and national guidance.

“This is a platform where voters can access the right information about the election. With only a few days remaining, we understand that many people out there might still be unaware for instance about their polling stations” he said

The Uchaguzi platforms entail information about all presidential candidates including their entire manifestos (for those who have them) and briefs on their policy agendas.

It also includes information about all parliamentary candidates which according to the Electoral Commission, exceed 2600.

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Also on the website, the app and the chat box, voters will be able to search for their voter information using the National ID NINs, access the schedule of all the elections which they can add in their personal calendars, information about voting including the dos and don’ts and Standard Operating Procedures at the polling stations among others.

By publication of this report however, the app for both android and IOS was yet to be verified by the app stories and was only downloadable on the website.

The chat bot was also awaiting final touches to be unveiled.

Uwihanganye stressed that “Uchaguzi” is not affiliated to any political  party or candidate but simply an alternative source of information to next year’s election.

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