EC extends voters’ register update again


The Electoral Commission has pushed the ongoing Voters’ Register Update exercise from today May 4, to May 11, 2015-an extra one week.

The exercise was extended again due to a high turn up that saw long queues on different centres in the capital Kampala.

Jonathan Taremwa, the Electoral Commission spokesperson, ruled out a further extension saying they are following the road map ahead of the 2016 elections.

The exercise scheduled to end on April 30, 2015 was pushed to May 4 from last week as people kept turning up in large numbers.

The exercise covers the registration of new eligible voters, transfer of particulars for persons intending to move to new locations, confirmation of particulars by existing voters and correcting errors in the existing register ahead of the 2016 genera l election.

Today, Police deployed in the various update centers within the city to avert possible outbreak of chaos.

Patrick Onyango, the Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson, said before April 30, they got reports of people attacking update officials in some areas within Kampala that is why they had to respond and deploy.

Meanwhile, Police arrested four EC officials in Masaka district for allegedly withholding voters’ registers over pay and five more from Jinja for allegedly extorting money from people who had gone to verify their details during the National Voter Register update exercise at Jinja Central West Parish on Friday.

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