EC investigates voters missing on register

A voter holds a ballot while waiting in

A Ugandan voter carries a ballot paper in Kampala. (Roberto Schmidt/Reuters)


The Electoral Commission is still investigating the true nationality of dozens of persons whose names are missing on the new national voter’s register.

Early this month, the Electoral Commission embarked on the display of the voter’s register across the country.

During the display exercise, voters are expected to confirm their particulars on the register and help the commission eliminate the dead, minors and ghost voters from the register.

Electoral Commission is also expected to capture details of new voters for inclusion on the register.

However, in Masaka, Rakai, Lwengo, Kalungu and Bukomansimbi districts voters failed to locate their names on the voter’s register.

At least 200 people from Buyaga, Zzimwe and Kyanamukaka sub counties failed to trace their names on the register.

This has cast doubt on the chances of those affected to participate in the 2016 general elections.

Joseph Zzabasajja, a resident of Namirembe in Kyanamukaka Sub County is one of those whose name doesn’t appear on the voter’s register.

According to Zzabasajja, he is surprised that his name is missing on the register despite the fact that, he participated in the 2006 and 2011 general elections.

Zzabasajja says that he enrolled in the National Identification exercise last year and doesn’t know why his name is missing on the voter’s register.

He says the fact that his name is missing on the voter’s register, means he will not participate in the general elections.

Nathan Nabaasa, the Masaka District Returning Officer says people whose names are missing on the national voter’s registers don’t qualify to appear on the register.

He says majority of the affected people are being investigated because their nationality is disputed.

According to Nabaasa, most of the affected people didn’t submit the required documents during the mass national identity card and voter enrollment exercise.

He however, says those whose names are missing by mistake will be reinstated.

Immaculate Namazzi, the Electoral Commission Official in Charge of Voter Education says the old register was archived and a new one adopted adding that, the commission no longer relies on information from the old register.

Namazzi explains that Electoral Commission decided to adopt the new register to expedite the process.

She advises those whose names are missing to go and verify their particulars before the end of this month.

She says the voter’s register updating exercise will not be extended.

Joseph Ssenzoga, the Masaka District FDC party General secretary faults Electoral Commission for archiving the old register saying there no law stopping it from using the old register.

Ssenzoga says this confirms the incompetence of the Electoral Commission.


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