The Uganda electoral commission has today announced that it will display the voters’ register at different parishes across Uganda.
The exercise will cost am estimated 24.5 billion shillings and will last from February, 19 to 10, March. The youths and disabled people will be handled between 19 to 28, February while complaints about the process will be heard from 11 to 20, March.
The Electoral commission chairperson, Justice Simon Byabakama confirmed the entire process and even went ahead to contend that they have the money to advance this phase. The commission says there is an increment in the number of voters by 2.7 million. The 2021 registered voters are 17.7 million people as compared to 15 million voters of the previous 2016 general elections. ‘We have a slight increment in the number of voters compared to the 2016 elections,’ Justice Byabakama told the press yesterday at a function.
He also said that they have received about 20 people who have already showed interests in contesting for presidency. ‘My office has received 20 people. We are clearing them to go and consult as the constitution mandates them,’ he said. On the issue of Bobi Wine and his consultation activities, Justice Byabakama said they ironed out a few things with the presidential hopeful and gave him a green light to proceed.
The commission will conduct the voting activities in 34,344 polling stations across 135 districts. The display of the register ahead of the election is intended to clean up the voters’ roll by eliminating the dead and the underage persons who could have been wrongly registered, correcting the voters’ records, and removing voters whose details appear more than once, among others.