By Our Reporter
In preparation for the conduct of by-elections for Local Government Councils, in various electoral areas across the country where vacancies exist, the Electoral Commission has today commenced the display of the national voters’ register.
The activity will run to Wednesday 17th November 2021, According to the Chairperson Electoral Commission, Justice Simon Byabakama.
Byabakama explained that the display of the voters’ register will begin at 8:00am and end at 6:00pm at all polling stations in the affected electoral areas on each of the appointed dates, including weekends.
According to the commission,the purpose of this display exercise is to enable voters to check for the correctness of their particulars on the voters’ register.
Byabakama stated the exercise will enable the voters to confirm that their photographs appear against correct particulars on the register.
“This will enable them to raise objections to the inclusion and/or removal of a voter’s particulars from the register.Report to the display office,”he said.
He further noted that this will help to identify the following categories of persons (if they appear on the register) for removal.
These include;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 said 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,” he said.
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 tribunal.
Byabakama noted the parish 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 and Ministry of Health measures against the spread of Covid-19.
These include observing social distancing, hand washing, and wearing of masks.