Arua Woman Member of Parliament Maurine Osoru raised a matter of national importance. Osoru noted that lack of adequate equipment is hindering Electoral Commission (EC) officials from carrying out the voter verification exercise.
The Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah has urged the Electoral Commission
to review the on-going voter verification exercise to ensure all eligible
people vote in the 2021 general elections.
Oulanyah made the appeal on Wednesday after Arua Woman Member of Parliament Maurine
Osoru raised a matter of national importance. Osoru noted that lack of adequate
equipment is hindering Electoral Commission (EC) officials from carrying out
the voter verification exercise.
She added that few computers are availed to the officials yet the deadline is drawing close. Osoru wants the deadline extended and more equipment
availed to the staff.
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Busongora North MP William Nzoghu also noted that the Electoral Commission had
declined to register young people who will have clocked 18 years by the time of the
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Government Chief Whip Ruth Nankabirwa pledged to engage the Justice and
Constitutional Affairs Minister Gen. Kahinda Otafire in regard to provision of
enough equipment to the Electoral Commission officials. She, however, noted
that guidelines for verifying voters had been issued and clear enough.
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Oulanyah says that the Electoral Commission makes a review of the
verification exercise in time so that all eligible people are taken care of.
The Electoral Commission last month started the General Update of the National
Voters’ Register, in villages across the country to enable potential voters to
confirm their intention to participate in the elections, and where they intend
to vote from, for example, place of residence or district of origin. EC warned
that those who do not adhere to the process risk not voting.
During the General Update exercise which started on Thursday, November 21, the
Commission registers eligible Ugandan voters, who are not yet registered,
transfer individuals who wish to transfer to new voting locations, and assign
polling stations for all learners who were registered under the Learners
Project in 2017 and have since attained voting age.
The verification exercise is slated to end on 11th December.