In preparation for the 2020-2021 general elections season, the Electoral Commission (E.C) has today kicked off the general update of the National Voters’ Register. The general update will be conducted at update stations as throughout Uganda starting today Thursday 21st November 2019 to Wednesday 11th December 2019, starting from 8:00am to 6:00pm, on each of the appointed dates, including weekends.
During the exercise, the E.C will register eligible Ugandan citizens of 18 years and above, who are not yet registered as voters.
According to Justice Byabakama Mugenyi Simon, the Chairperson of the E.C, an eligible person who wishes to register as a voter will be able to do so at any of the update centres countrywide where a registration kit will be stationed.
A person who is already registered as a voter anywhere in Uganda must not register again.
During the update exercise, registered voters who wish to transfer to new voting locations will be able to apply for such transfer. A voter who wishes to transfer to a new voting location will be required to present confirmation that he/she originates from or is, at the time of application for transfer, a resident of the Parish of that (new) voting location. Such applicants should ensure they have details of their previous voting location.
The update exercise will also enable registered voters to check and confirm that their particulars are on the Register at voting locations which they indicated during registration.
To facilitate this confirmation, the Commission will display at each update station, the register of each polling station within the respective parish or ward.
During this exercise, the details of learners who were registered under the Learners Project in 2017 and have since attained the age of 18 years will be updated and assigned a polling station within their parish of residence or origin.
Accordingly, such eligible learners will not register afresh but will be required to present themselves at the registration and update centre with their National Identification Number (NIN) in order to specify their preferred polling stations for purposes of voting.
After Wednesday 11th December 2019, no further registration and transfer of voters from one polling station to another within Uganda will be conducted.
The Office of the National Chairman, NRM-Kyambogo hereby calls upon all Ugandans, especially Bazzukulu, to turn up in big numbers to ascertain their voting status in readiness for 2020-2021. Elections are won during preparatory stages and sealed at voting. NRM, which commands the largest population of voters, has already dispatched teams countrywide to mobilize its masses for this critical stage.