The Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Justice Simon
Byabakama has said that there will be no extension of the display exercise for voters’
The display exercise commenced on 19th February and ends today at all the
34,444 polling stations across Uganda.
During the exercise, members of the public were allowed to check
the register for those who had died, those under 18 years, those from different
parishes other than where they were registered and those who appear more than
once on the register.
The EC is expected to clean up the register to ensure that there
are “no ghost voters”, mis-spelt and missing names ahead of the elections. By
end of December, EC figures showed that 17,782,594 people had been recorded on
the National Voters’’ Register to take part in the 2021 general elections.
Addressing a press conference on Tuesday in Kampala, the EC
Electoral Commission, Justice Simon Byabakama says there will be no extension.
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Byabakama says that people who registered and say their names are
missing on the register should go to their polling station and submit the query before
the exercise ends at 6 pm.
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The display exercise has been marred by low turn up in certain areas of Kampala
such as Kibuli, Namuwongo, especially on the first day.
The EC Spokesperson, Jotham Taremwa says that some voters have
opted for online verification of their particulars, which could have resulted
in the low turn up in certain polling stations throughout the display exercise.
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Byabakama says that after the conclusion of the display exercise, the
Electoral Commission will proceed to display the list of all persons
recommended for deletion or inclusion by the Tribunal at the parish level. The
Tribunal will take ten days to scrutinize the lists and consider
objections from individuals who may have been wrongly recommended for
deletion or inclusion at the parish or ward level.
The parish or ward Tribunal is made up of 5 members, 2 individuals
aged 60 years and above who are appointed by the Magistrate of the area
and three by political parties and organizations participating in the elections
in the area.
The Returning Officers of the respective electoral districts shall
thereafter address all complaints arising from the display exercise of the
National Voters' Register.
The Electoral Commission has earmarked Shillings 24 billion to
facilitate the register display exercises across the country.
Secretary, Sam Rwakoojo noted that the biggest chunk of these funds would be
used to pay the over 165,000 display officers.