Electoral Commission officials have decried low turn-up of citizens in the ongoing voter’s register update exercise across the country.

The Electoral Commission (EC) started the general update of the National Voters’ Register, on Thursday, November 21, and it is expected to end on December 11.

The EC chairperson, Justice Simon Byabakama, said the general update of the register is being conducted at parish level throughout the country and all eligible Ugandan citizens of 18 years and above, who are not yet on the list will be registered adding that all registered voters should be able to check and confirm their particulars.

However most parts of the country have received low turn since the exercise started, Mr. Jude Akatujuna Ruhinja, a voter update official at Red Cross offices in Western Division, Ntungamo Municipality, said since the exercise started, they have managed to receive only 50 voters, especially the elderly.

“It is unfortunate that elderly people are only coming with their documents but when it comes to the youth, they come without any document and when you ask for them, they complain and go away without returning,” Mr. Akatujuna said

While Voter Update Officials acknowledged that they are facing the challenge of low turn-up, they encouraged citizens against misusing the opportunity because this might be the only opportunity for Citizens to change the Politics of this Country.

 

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