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Soroti Voters Relegate Display Exercise to LCs

At Pamba Primary School in Western Division, only two voters had turned up to confirm their particulars when our reporter visited the station on Thursday afternoon. Our reporter also observed that less than a quarter of the registered voters at some polling stations had turned up for the exercise since it began almost a week ago.
Display Officers displaying posters for the exercise in Pamba Primary School.

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Only a handful of local leaders and community members in Soroti municipality are participating in the ongoing display of the National Voters’ Register and Registers for Special Interest Groups (SIGs) exercise. 

Electoral Commission set February 19th to March 1th, 2020 for the display of the National Voters Register and February 19th to 28th for the display of the Special Interest Groups registered and polling stations and villages respectively. The exercise comes just a few months to the nomination of candidates for different political offices ahead of the 2020-2021 General Elections.

The display of the National Voter’s Register is meant enable voters to check for double registration, the correctness of their particular, confirm that their photographs appear against correct particulars; raise objections to the inclusion and/or removal of a voter’s particulars from the Register and report to the Display Officer voters who could have died, the under age and none residents for removal.  

However, only a handful of voters have turned up at different polling stations visited by our reporter to check on their particulars. Our reporter found some of the voter’s register display officers taping a nap, others listening to music while others were busy on social media because of boredom.

At Pamba Primary School in Western Division, only two voters had turned up to confirm their particulars when our reporter visited the station on Thursday afternoon. Our reporter also observed that less than a quarter of the registered voters at some polling stations had turned up for the exercise since it began almost a week ago.  

At Municipal S. S Polling Station, only 260 out of 806 registered voters had confirmed their particulars. Pamba East Primary School A had 304 names ticked out of the 906 registered voters. The situation was worse with Special Interest Groups registers at Pamba East Primary School .

None of the elderly persons had turned up at Old Akisim polling station to check their details. Catherine Rhoda Adite, one of the display officers at Pamba polling station, said most of the names ticked on the registers were confirmed by village chairpersons and some few community members who turned up. She notes that they receive less than 10 people each day at the station.   

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In Eastern Division, Cell G Hardware Polling Station had only 127 voters with their names ticked out of 526 registered. Daniel Ogiro, the Eastern Division Supervisor, says that most people are not taking the exercise seriously.

Our reporter saw only Display Officers at stations visited in Eastern Division. Only a few voters had checked and confirmed their particulars. However, at Campswahili Mosque, in Northern Division all the voters with the exception of Emmanuel Edyegu has checked and confirmed their details.

 

Joseph Odongo, the Display Officer told our reporter that he is now attending to cases of spelling errors and persons who claim to have been deleted from the register.   

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During the display exercise, the Electoral Commission will also display lists of persons who were recommended for deletion from the National Voters’ Register during the Verification Exercise which was conducted at village level in October 2019.

After the display exercise, the lists of all persons recommended for deletion from the National Voters’ Register, shall also be displayed for a period of ten (10) days, that is, from 11th to 20th March 2020 at the respective Parish/Ward Headquarters.