In accordance with article 61 (1) (e) of the constitution of the republic of Uganda (as amended) and sections 18 and 19 of the electoral commission Act (Cap 140), the electoral commission will conduct a general update of the National Voter’s Register, in preparation for the 2020-2021 general elections.
The general update of the national voter’s register was conducted at parish level throughout Uganda from 21st November 2019 to Wednesday 11th December 2019, starting from 8:00am to 6:00pm, on each of the appointed dates, including weekends.
During the general update exercise, the electoral commission registered eligible Ugandan citizens of 18 years and above, who were not yet registered as voters.
An eligible person who wished to register as a voter was able to do so at any of the update centres countrywide where a registration kit was stationed.
A person who already registered as a voter anywhere in Uganda wasn’t allowed to vote again.
During this update exercise, registered voters who wished to transfer to new voting locations were able to apply for such transfer. A voter who wished to transfer to a new voting location was required to present confirmation that he/ she originated from or is, at the time of application for transfer, a resident of the parish of that (new) voting location. such applicants had to ensure they had details of their previous voting location.
The update exercise also enabled registered voters to check and confirm that their particulars appeared on the register at voting locations which they indicated during registration.
To facilitate this confirmation, the commission displayed at each update station, the register of each polling station within the respective parish/ ward.
During this exercise, the details of learners who were registered under the learners’ project in 2017 and had since attained the age of 18 years would update and be assigned a polling station within their parish of residence or origin.
Accordingly, such eligible learners were not registered afresh but would require 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.
During this period, the people power movement stakeholders (leaders and coordinators) crafted a message which they consistently pass out to the public. This was; “I checked, have you”. This campaign was aimed at encouraging new persons to register as voters and also to remind masses to cross check with their particulars in the register and update where it necessitated them to.