EC will not extend voter register update – official

Luweero. The Electoral Commission will not extend the national voters’ register update exercise after the April 30 deadline.
According to officials, the Electoral Commission will stick to the deadline to enable it process a final voters’ register for use during the 2016 general elections.
“It is unfortunate that many Ugandans take things lightly and are waiting to crowd on the last day of the voters’ register update exercise to crosscheck their respective voter information,” Ms Jennifer Angeyo, the head of the Commission’s Legal Department, said.

“The Electoral Commission will not extend this exercise beyond April 30,” she added.
Ms Angeyo, who represented the EC Chairperson, Mr Joseph Biribonwa, was addressing a stakeholders voters’ register update awareness workshop in Luweero Town on Saturday.
Ms Angeyo explained that the purpose for the exercise has a specific period set by the Electoral Commission to ensure that changes are fixed in time.
“This is the time to correct errors, transfer of voters names to areas of their preference among other issues that need immediate attention. It is not good to blame the EC when even the period allocated is not being utilised. We need to act responsively to ensure a smooth way to the 2016 general election,” Ms Angeyo said.
The Luweero District Forum for Democratic Change party chairperson, Mr Absolom Bwanika Baale, asked the Electoral Commission officials to carefully follow and monitor the exercise.

“We should not allow the voters’ register update exercise to be abused by selfish individuals. I have seen the display officers very relaxed and just receive information without proper verification. We could find names deleted because some of our people have selfish motives,” he said.
The Commission officials outlined some of the challenges, including creation of new administrative units, limited time for undertaking election activities, late release of funds for the commission activities and the late enactment of relevant laws all which they said slows down the commission activities.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor


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