BY UGANDA VANGUARD
NSAMBYA – Citizens’ Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda (CCEDU) has told political parties to take advantage of the voters’ display exercise to mobilize their supporters especially youth check their details are accurate on the register. According to Ms Charity Kalebbo Ahimbisibwe, the acting coordinator, CCEDU, it is important to participate in the process because as a voter to check and correct your particulars on the register.
On Friday February 7th 2020, the Electoral Commission announced the display of the national voter’s register will start on 19th February and end on March 10th, 2020. The display exercise is very critical to every Ugandan who is 18 years and above because it is the last opportunity to ensure you will vote in the 2021 elections.
“You get to confirm that your information is matched well with your photograph on the register. From past experience it is very possible for a person’s biodata to be matched with a wrong picture. This causes a lot of unrest on polling day and at times the presiding officer might ask a voter not to cast their vote. But if such an incident happened it would not only affect one voter, but two. The one who owns the picture and the one that owns the information. Therefore, to secure your right to vote, it is imperative that you participate in the display exercise,” she said.
In a press statement issued Monday February 10th, 2020, Ahimbisibwe said, “The display exercise will ensure the particulars of the dead, or those who left a certain electoral area maybe because they went to work abroad or they shifted is removed. It also ensure that Ugandans aged below 18 years and those who do not reside or originate from a parish are removed from the register. The display also ensure that those who may be registered in another polling station are removed from the register and others who appear twice on the register are left to only appear once.”
She further explained, “The exercise as described means that a lot of changes and corrections are going to be made on the register, but it differs from the update process because this time round the display officers will not be registering new voter’s but will just be verifying facts concerning voters. The Electoral Commission (EC) has hired display officers to manage the display of the national voter’s register and the special interest group registers. The display officers will be trained between 11th and 17th February 2020.”
She urged the youth to embrace the exercise.
“The 2021 election is largely a youth election, and it is our most singular opportunity as young people to let our voices be heard through the ballot, but it starts with verifying that we are on the register. CCEDU remains committed to help, in case you find any difficulty during the display exercise. Simply dial 0794 444 410. And CCEDU shall be at hand to help out or send email to email@example.com.”
Register display exercise, also includes for the special Interest groups, namely: Youth, Persons’ with Disabilities and older persons of each village. The display of the special interest groups will start on 19th February and end on 28th February 2020.