The Chairman of Electoral Commission, Justice Simon Byabakama Mugenyi, has extended the period for the general update of the national voters’ register for more five days to enable more eligible Ugandans to register as voters for 2020/21 general elections.
The general update exercise commenced on November 21, 2019 and was scheduled to close tomorrow.
According to a statement released by Byabakama, the extension is due to higher numbers of applicants at the update centers since the beginning of this week, and requests from key stakeholders in the electoral process, the Electoral Commission has found it necessary and taken a decision to extend the update period, for five more days, starting from Thursday 12th and ending Monday 16th December 2019.
“This exercise will continue to be conducted at update stations in each parish throughout Uganda, starting from 8:00am to 6:00pm, throughout the extended period, including weekends,” he said.
He urged the public that this is not a fresh registration of voters but an exercise to enable Ugandan citizens who have attained the age of 18 years and above and who have not yet registered to register as voters in order to participate in elections.
“A registered voter who wishes to transfer to new voting locations shall be able to do so during this period. We have availed the National Voters’ Register for each polling station at the Update center in each parish, so that existing voters check and confirm their registration status, that is, whether their particulars are well-captured,” he wrote.
He noted with concern, the reports of alleged extortion of money by some local leaders and update officials from applicants in order to sign on their applications before processing the applications. The Commission has provided all necessary forms free of charge.
The Commission called on all officials involved in this update exercise to desist from any acts that may frustrate eligible applicants from exercising their constitutional right to apply for registration as voters.
Justice Byabakama urged all eligible persons who are not yet registered as voters, and those who wish to apply for transfer of voting location, to use this opportunity, and do so, in order to participate in the general elections.
“We also appeals to eligible public servants and other persons in formal employment to take advantage of this extension, particularly the weekend.”