The Electoral Commission has set today Monday 8th to Wednesday 17th November 2021 as the dates for the display of the National Voters’ Register, in preparation for the conduct of by-elections for Local Government Councils, in various electoral areas across the country where vacancies exist.
According to Justice Byabakama Mugenyi Simon Chairperson, Electoral Commission, the display of the Voters’ Register shall begin at 8:00 am and end at 6:00 pm at all polling stations in the affected electoral areas on each of the appointed dates, including weekends.
The purpose of this display exercise is to enable voters to Check for the correctness of their particulars on the Voters’ Register; Confirm that their photographs appear against correct particulars on the Register; Raise objections to the inclusion and/or removal of a voter’s particulars from the Register; and Report to the Display Officer, the following categories of persons (if they appear on the Register) for removal:
- Those who have died;
- Those who are under 18 years of age;
- Those who reside or originate from a parish other than the one they are registered in; and,
- Those who appear more than once on the Voters’ Register.
During the above display period, Byabakama says the Commission will also issue temporary Voter Location Slips (VLS) to voters, to enable them conveniently locate their respective polling station on polling day.
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 six (6) days, that is, from 18th to 23rd November 2021 at the respective Parish/Ward Headquarters within the said electoral areas.
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.
All persons participating in the display exercise shall be required to comply with guidelines issued by the Electoral Commission in accordance with the Government of Uganda and Ministry of Health measures against the spread of COVID-19. These include observing social distancing, hand washing, and wearing masks.