In preparation for the 2015-2016 General Elections, and in accordance with Section 25 of the Electoral Commission Act (Cap 140), the Electoral Commission has appointed 22nd July – 11th August 2015 as the period for display of the National Voters’ Register.
The display of the Voters’ Register shall begin at 8:00 am and end at 6:00 pm on each of the appointed dates, including weekends, at all polling stations throughout Uganda.
Eng. Dr. Badru M. Kiggundu, Chairperson, Electoral Commission says the purpose of this display exercise is to enable voters to check for the correctness of their particulars on the Voters’ Register and confirm that their photographs appear against correct particulars on the Voters’ Register.
It will also help the Display Officer report those persons who have died, the non-citizens, those who are under 18 years of age, those who belong to another parish; and those who appear more than once on the Voters’ Register for removal.
“During the display exercise, any eligible voter who applied for registration but whose particulars are missing on the Voters’ Register, will be able to present his/her case for inclusion on the Register,” Kiggundu says.
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 eleven (11) days, that is, from 14th to 24th August 2015 at each respective Parish/Ward Headquarter.
“The purpose of this supplementary display exercise is to enable any person who may have been wrongly recommended for deletion to raise an objection to the Parish/Ward Tribunal.”
The Parish/Ward Tribunal shall consider and make the final decision concerning recommendations for inclusion, deletion, or correction made by the public.
He insisted that it is a very important exercise, which could determine whether you vote on polling day or not, fresh application for registration as a voter or application for transfer to another voting location shall not be accepted during this Display exercise and the display officers shall be physically stationed at each respective polling station, throughout the entire display period.
“This is to enable voters conveniently locate their polling station, especially those which might have been affected by the re-organisation of polling stations.”
The Display exercise shall be conducted with utmost impartiality and officials shall allow any interested member of the public, including agents of political parties, to witness the exercise.
The Parish/Ward Tribunal is appointed by the Magistrate of the area, and is comprised of two elders (of 60 years and above) one male and one female, and three other members appointed in consultation with political parties and organisations participating in the election in the area.