EC announces dates for registration of village residents

Electoral Commission chairperson Simon Byabakama. File photo.

KAMPALA–The Electoral Commission has set October 30 as the deadline for the registration of willing village residents.

The electoral body boss Justice Simon Byabakama Mugenyi said the registration of residents in each village throughout Uganda will be conducted from October 26 to October 30.

This is in preparation for the Administrative Units (LC I & II) and Women Councils and Committees elections.

“The EC will compile a register of residents in each village throughout Uganda from Thursday 26th to Monday 30th October 2017,” Byabakama said in a statement.

The purpose of this registration exercise, Byabakama explained, is to enable all willing village residents to register in order to participate in the above elections.
The registration will be conducted from 7:00am until 6:00pm on each of the appointed dates, including weekends.

Only eligible and willing residents shall turn up in person at the registration centre within the village of residence to register. The registration exercise shall cover the compilation of two registers which include the Village Council Register, for purposes of electing the Village (LC I) Chairperson and approval of members of the Village Executive Committee and the Village Women’s Council Register for purposes of electing the Village Women’s Committee.

Byabakama said the village residents and village women residents shall be registered in separate register books provided by the Electoral Commission.
“The willing women residents will register in both registers and participate in both elections,” he added.

A person must fulfill the following requirements in order to be registered in the Village Residents Register, these include must be a citizen of Uganda who is ordinarily resident in the village of registration.
And that person must be 18 years of age and above at the time of registration.

In the case of the Village Women’s Council Register, the person must be a female and a citizen of Uganda of eighteen (18) years and above, and must be ordinarily resident in the village of registration.

Further more, a person appearing for registration shall be required to provide the his or her names, National Identity Number or Application ID Number, age, gender, and village of residence. Byabakama told the public that the registration exercise shall be free of charge.



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