EC Investigates Voters

The Electoral Commission is investigating the true nationality of dozens of persons whose names are missing on the new national voters’ register.

Early this month, the EC started displaying the voters’ register across the country, with a view to eliminating the dead, minors and ghost voters. The commission is also expected to capture details of new voters for inclusion on the register.

However, in the central districts of Masaka, Rakai, Lwengo, Kalungu and Bukomansimbi, some voters didn’t find their names on the voters’ register. At least 200 people from Buyaga, Zzimwe and Kyannamukaaka sub-counties failed to trace their names on the register. This has diminished their chances of participating in the 2016 general elections.

But Nathan Nabaasa, the Masaka district returning officer, said people whose names are missing on the voters’ register don’t qualify to appear on the register. He said majority of the affected people are being investigated because their nationality is disputed.

According to Nabaasa, most of the affected people didn’t submit the required documents during the mass national identity card and voter enrolment exercise. He, however, said some will be reinstated.

Immaculate Namazzi, the Electoral Commission official in charge of voter education said the old register was archived and a new one adopted. She said the commission no longer relies on information from the old register.

Source : The Observer

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