After the initial extension of the deadline for updating the national voters register, the Electoral Commission (EC) has re-extended the exercise by seven days, ending on May 11. The update process which started on 7th April 2015 up to 30th April was extended to the end of Monday but before the close of business, EC considered re-extending with the aim of generating a fresh voter’s register, ahead of the 2016 polls. EC deputy spokesperson Paul Bukenya while confirming to New Vision said that the move is meant to capture more legible voters to update their details ahead of the elections.
“Very many people are now queuing up to update their details and we cannot leave them unattended to just because we extended the deadline previously,” Bukenya who could not give further details by press time explained.
The particulars for the national voters register were extracted from the database of the National Identity Card project, in which Ugandans above the age of 16 registered to get identity cards.
The new national voters register will be used in the upcoming general elections at all levels including the presidential elections.
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