The electoral commission of Uganda has issued the final voters list for next year’s general election to all participating presidential candidates and their parties. The country’s electoral law demands the electoral commission present an electronic copy of the voters list to the parties and their candidates after the nomination process. Two weeks before the presidential, parliamentary and local elections, the law requires the electoral commission to issue a paper copy, also called a hard copy, to the candidates.
Electoral commission spokesman Jotham Taremwa says the electoral body has been proactive in ensuring transparency by handing over the hard copy of the list to the candidates and the parties ahead of the required time.
“This time, the commission did not wait for those two weeks before polling and we have already issued the hard copies of the national voters register to the participating presidential candidates,” Taremwa said.
“This time round the presidential candidates know who is going to vote and how many are going to vote, and so they won’t come up with an excuse of saying there are people who voted who were not supposed to vote. That’s why we gave them those registers.”