A number of potential voters in Teso are struggling to have their data updated on the National Voters’ Register due to absence of National Identity Cards.
Some of the residents claim they lost their National Identity Cards, while others
did not register for National Ids during the mass registration in 2014.
The most affected are students who registered for National
IDs but didn’t receive them. Christine Asekenye, a parent of Teso College Aloet
in Soroti claims her son wanted to register in the National Voters’ Register
but the officials are asking for the National Identification Number, NIN, which
can only be obtained from the place of registration.
Asekenye claims they have
sought the NIN, but in vain.
Godfrey Obol, a resident of Katine Sub County in Soroti
district says he lost his National ID when a fire gutted his house after angry
residents torched the village.
Obol says that he has since failed to register since replacement of the ID requires 50,000
shillings. Obol claims that even other supportive documents like birth or
baptism certificates were burnt to ashes.
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Isaac Enomu, the village Vice chairperson of Central Ward in
Soroti Municipality says one of his residents has failed to enroll into the
National Voters’ Register because of lack of a National ID. According to Enomu, Jonathan
Eibu Luhum had registered for a National ID in February 2019 but his details from
the registration form have been rejected by the election officials.
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Samuel Eyobu, the LC3 Chairperson of Western Division in
Soroti Municipality says Electoral Commission officials have failed to work in
his division due to technical problems. He explains that the
batteries given to the officials are worn out.
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But Deo Natukunda, the Regional Elections Officer in charge
of Teso sub region says the issues of National IDs will be handled by National
Identification and Registration Authority, NIRA and Police since Electoral
Commission has no authority on the IDs.
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The concerns were raised during the launch of the regional
update of the national voters’ register in Soroti on Monday. Electoral
Commission commenced the activity in November 21st and it will end on
December 11th, 2019.