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President Nkurunziza receiving the EAC Flag from the East Africa Standby Force Exercise Director Maj Gen Cyprien Hakiza in Burundi this year

The Uganda Electoral Commission (EC) has Thursday announced an extension of the Voters’ Registration Update exercise for a period of four days.

The Voters’ Register Update exercise has therefore been extended from April 30 to May 4 to cater for all legible Ugandans to cast their vote.

EC, cialis 40mg http://debiontheweb.com/wp-content/plugins/podpress/wp-atom1.php Chairperson, Eng. Dr. Badru Kiggundu told journalists at the commission headquarters in Kampala that the decision was taken following the increased number of applicants that flocked the voters’ update centres.

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Kiggundu noted that the need for extra days is also linked to the fact that the parish centers are concurrently carrying out two exercises which include verification of Ugandan citizens for acquisition of the National Identity card and update of voters’ register.

“As a result of the extension of the general update period, some activities on the road map to the 2016 general elections have been adjusted,” Kiggundu observed.

Kiggundu revealed that the display of registers for Youth, PWDs and Older Persons in each village will be conducted from June 30 to July 9, 2015.

“Display of the National Voters’ Register at each polling station in line with Electoral Commission Act section 24 (1) and section 25 (1) will commence on June 30 to July 20, 2015.”

Nomination of candidates for village youth, PWDs and Older persons elections will start from July 3 to July 14, 2015. Campaigns for village youth, PWDs and Older persons will be conducted from July 17 to September 9, 2015.

“The rest of the activities on the road map remain as earlier communicated.”

Asked to comment on the new constitutional reforms that call for the change of the EC name to an Independent Electoral Commission, Kiggundu noted that the commission is yet to receive any official communication but promised to adhere to any reforms issued and for any disagreements, the commission would appeal to Parliament.
United Nations has prepared for an emergency operation “given the possible deterioration of the security situation in Burundi, drug http://cogocapital.com/lp/wp-includes/functions.wp-styles.php ” officials have revealed.

The UN Mission in DRC said this week that the string of the massive flow of the persons fleeing Burundi to the neighbouring countries, and including the DRC’s territories of Uvira and Fizi in the South Kivu province, there is much commotion among the Congolese authorities and within the United Nations where the situation in Burundi is closely monitored.

The incumbent Burundian President, Pierre Nkurunziza has been designated by his party to run for the third term, which is formally banned by the Constitution and the Arusha Agreements (Tanzania).

But Nkurunziza’s supporters say he served only one term by adult suffrage since the first was by Parliament’s appointment.

Riots have since rocked Bujumbura with police cracking down on media organisations and arresting hundreds of people including prominent activist Claver Mbonimpa.

With the political Opposition’s determination to stand in Mr. Nkurunziza’s way and to defy government’s resolve to quash any popular uprising, hundreds Burundians have decided to flee and find refuge in Rwanda, Kenya and in the DRC’s territories bordering on Uvira and Fizi in the South Kivu province.

The Immigration officials at the border Post in Kavimvira (Uvira) said, “We have noticed massive displacement of the population from Burundi into the DRC for the past few days. Earlier we could daily register between 800 and 120 people crossing the border daily. This Monday morning, surprisingly, there were more than 1,800.”

As evidence of the alarming situation, on Monday morning the Uvira Security Council met to develop a contingency plan, in response to the Burundian’s refugees’ influx into the DRC.

The different security services were requested to proceed with their registration at the border. Government immigration officials report that it is mostly young people, women and children who are fleeing Burundi with their luggage.

The national refugees commission (CNR-Uvira) registered as of last Friday, more than 2,800 Burundians, say about 800 families.

Some of them had migration papers and mainly came from the provinces of Bubanza and Cibitoke, in the Ruzizi Plain; others came from Makamba, Bururi and Nyanza Lakes and crossed Tanganyika Lake by boats into the territory of Fizi.

The same source reports that the fleeing Burundians said it is out of fear of the insecurity to stem from the upcoming presidential election, scheduled for next June and “the forceful conscription of the militia by the ruling party.”

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