EC Unveils Road Map To 2016 General Elections


approved geneva;”>EC launched this plan on Tuesday at Hotel Africana as Secretary to the Electoral Commission, sildenafil Sam Rwakoojo, decease read the guidelines and procedures on how the elections activities will be carried out.

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The strategies have been planned into five pillars which include: An institutionally strengthened election management board, free, fair and transparent elections, Credible accurate and accessible voters’ National register, Effective and comprehensive voter education and a more service oriented election management board.

The report shows clearly the milestones for the 2016 general elections roadmap. They are expected to start in November 2013 with the procurement process of electoral materials, September 1 to October 30, 2015 for nomination of Parliamentary, Presidential and Local Government candidates.

Meanwhile the campaigns are expected to start on September 18, 2015 up to March 12, 2016 and the Presidential, Parliamentary, Special interest group and for the local government leaders general elections will be from February 12 to March 14, 2016. This process will end with post electoral activities on June 30, 2017.

Rwakoojo noted: “The campaigns in 2016 have been given almost six months which has not been the case in the previous presidential elections.

He further revealed that the cost of this strategic plan is estimated at Shs 1 trillion

Adolf Mwesigye, Minister of Local Government promised on behalf of the government to continue supporting the commission as it has been in the past so as it can carry out all its activities with ease.

Chairman Electoral commission, Eng. Badru Kiggundu thanked the government and donors for their continued support to the commission. He promised better services in the 2016 elections.

Kiggundu remarked that all the registered voters will be verified by a bio metric system via thumb prints and those who possess national identity cards will be allowed to vote too.

He asserted that they have visited various African countries while carrying out their elections such as Kenya and Ghana were they acquired more skills.

He further requested parliament to put a law in place which allows EC to register all Ugandans who are below eighteen years but will be eighteen in 2016 to be registered and also to allow Ugandans in Diaspora to participate in the elections.

Commenting on the vacant positions in government, Kiggundu remarked: “The commission is currently organizing the Butebo Parliamentary by-elections as well as filling the local government vacancies.”

Rwakoojo noted that EC has released this strategic plan early enough to enable various stake holders to have time to prepare themselves before the general election hence avoiding repetition of past mistakes.


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