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EC Boss Byabakama Launches General Update Of National Voters’ Register

Uganda’s Electoral Commission Chairman, Justice Byabakama  Mugenyi Simon on Thursday released dates for the general update of the country’s Voters’ Register. 

According to Byabakama who was addressing a press briefing at the EC headquarters, the General Update of the National Voters’ Register he launched on Thursday 21st November, will end on Wednesday 11th December 2019.

“The General Update of the National Voters’ Register will be conducted at update stations as shall be publicised for each parish throughout Uganda, from Thursday 21st November 2019 to Wednesday 11th December 2019, starting from 8:00am to 6:00pm, on each of the appointed dates, including weekends,” he said.

Byabakama also announced that the last update of the register revealed that Uganda now has 16 million registers but added that the latest exercise is likely to push the number up.

He also said, “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 last update also shed some light on the Number of district (135), Counties stand at 253 while constituencies are 296. 257 towns were registered while the number of parishes stands at 10011.

Byabakama warned that anyone who wants to participate in the 2021 general elections should take advantage of this time to update their record in the national voters’ register.

On the issue of those still in school, the EC boss said;

“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.”

He added, “Accordingly, such eligible learners will not register afresh but but will be required to present themselves at the registration/update centre with their National Identification Number (NIN) in order to specify their preferred polling stations for purposes of voting.”

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