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Be Vigilant ! Public urged as EC demarcates Electoral areas

Crispin Kaheru, the Coordinator of the Citizens’ Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda shares insight with a colleague. (PHOTO/File)

KAMPALA – The Citizens’ Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda (CCEDU), a Civil Society Organisation based in Nsambya, Kampala has on Monday, August 26, cautioned the public to be vigilant after the commencement regional workshops for stakeholders on demarcation of electoral areas and reorganisation of polling stations in preparation of 2020/ 2021 elections around the 12 regions.

Speaking to the media, the Coordinator – CCEDU, Crispin Kaheru revealed that the Coalition has noted with satisfaction Electoral Commissions initial efforts to engage stakeholders to actively and meaningfully participate in the implementation of the revised 2020/2021 General Elections Roadmap and welcomed announcement to undertake the demarcation of electoral areas and re-organization of polling stations exercise from September 2 – 14, 2019.

“CCEDU calls upon all Ugandans to be vigilant and cooperate with the election authorities in the field, in order to ensure that the exercise is conducted transparently to the satisfaction of the respective communities. We will pay close attention to the exercise as well as share any emerging issues with relevant authorities – for action,” he said

A CCEDU official observing Kyadondo East by-election in Wakiso in 2017. (PHOTO/File)

“We recognize the importance of this exercise especially in eliminating malpractices such as gerrymandering as well as possibilities of erecting ‘ghost’ polling stations. The Coalition also acknowledges that if well conducted, this process can enable voters easily access their polling stations during subsequent electoral exercises including polling. We urge the Electoral Commission to continuously engage stakeholders on each of the activities for the 2020/2021 general elections in a timely, transparent and impartial manner.” Mr Kaheru added.

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