EC pushes voter register update to May




The Electoral Commission has pushed the ongoing Voters’ Register Update exercise to May 4, 2015.

Electoral Commission Chairman, Badru Kiggundu, told press in Kampala on Wednesday that the update centers across the country have recorded a surge in numbers towards the deadline, warranting an extension.

The exercise was scheduled to end tomorrow April 30th, 2015.

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.

The Commission decided to ignore the register used during the 2011 elections, to suck in more voters.

Kiggundu called upon citizens to use Labour Day public holiday to register.

Meanwhile, the Citizens’ Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda said the extension will give a chance to those who have not yet checked their voting status to do so and also ensure those who have not yet registered as voters.

While the update is ongoing, opposition political parties are currently carrying out grassroots elections as they prepare to take part in 2016 elections.

The same opposition that accuses government of irregularities is highly recording the same in their grassroots elections.

In Masaka, Democratic Party (DP) grassroots elections have so far been marred in Nyendo (Ssenyange Division) and Bukoto East Constituency, to mention but a few.

Members cited bribing of voters, transportation of voters from other places to vote from different areas as admitted by DP Chairperson, Fred Denis Mukasa Mbidde.

In Soroti, FDC grassroots elections hit a dead end amid corruption and bribery allegations last week.

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