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Solve National ID Issue Before Polls -Bishop Ssemogerere

With just three weeks left for Ugandans to go to the polls, the Catholic Bishop of Kasana-Luwero Paul Ssemogerere, says that it will be unjust if eligible voters are not allowed to exercise their constitutional right under universal suffrage, because they don’t possess National IDs.
23 Dec 2020 17:30
Bishop P. Ssemogerere delivers his Christmas message to the media

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The Catholic Bishop of Kasana-Luwero Diocese Paul Ssemogerere is raising a red flag over the general election due in three weeks, saying a considerable number of Ugandans are about to be disenfranchised.

"Many eligible voters have reported to me,that they are failing to secure their National Identity Cards, something that is causing worry as that it might be a ground to disenfranchise them," the Rigt Reverend Paul Ssemogerere has said in his Christmas Message.

According to the Electoral Commission -EC roadmap, Ugandans will to the polls on January 14, 2021 to elect the President, Members of Parliament. Elections of  Local Government leaders will follow on later dates.

Now with just three weeks left for Ugandans to go to the polls, Bishop Ssemogerere says in his Christmas message delivered to the media at his residence of Kasana-Luweero, that it will be unjust if eligible voters are not allowed to exercise their constitutional right of universal suffrage, because they don’t possess National IDs. The prelate has thus asked the stakeholders, to address this issue: 

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However, when asked about how eligible voters will be affected by the lack of National IDs to partake in the voting exercise, Paul Bukenya, the Acting Electoral Commission [EC] Spokesperson, tells Uganda Radio Network [URN], in a phone interview, that the basis for voters to cast their ballot, will be the appearance in the National Voters’ Register.

Bukenya explains that even some people who have National IDs but are not in the National Voters’ Register must not assume that they will be allowed to vote.  According to Bukenya, the National Register is what will be relied upon because, it bears particulars of all eligible voters, in a sense that even those without National IDs, but are in the register, will be allowed to vote, since even their photos appear there for easy identification:

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Updating of the National Voters Register closed in mid December 2019. Since then, gioing by the national population growth trend, another one to one and half million Ugandand have attained voting age but are in the register and will therefore not be able to vote. 

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