KAMPALA – The Electoral Commission plans to spend UGX 7.1Bn on the voter register verification exercise ahead of the 2021 general elections.
The Chairman of the Electoral Commission, Justice Simon Byabakama, addressing journalists at the commission headquarters, said that the exercise started yesterday with the briefing of the sub-county supervisors, today they are going to brief the parish supervisors and LCI chairpersons who will carry out the exercise.
Justice Byabakama said, “This strategy has been piloted in some of the by-elections and it has proved very effective. This strategy gives an opportunity for the public to scrutinise the voters on the register and identify the ineligible voters for appropriate action, hence the decision to use it during the update of the NVR.”
He said the commission will use the village councils to remove the persons who died, those who moved to other places and those who maybe relocated to the new administrative structures.
In the villages where there are still leadership wrangles, Justice Byabakama noted that the old executives will help in conducting this exercise.
He added that for the first time the Electoral Commission is going to compile the register for persons with disability basing on the information from the villages to end the complaints which have always been raised that some people participate in the persons with disability elections yet they are not.