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EC Issues Roadmap To 2016 General Elections

The roadmap for Uganda's 2016 elections has been released

The Electoral Commission (EC) has approved and released a revised road-map for the 2015-2016 General Elections, seek link http://christlutheran.org/wp-includes/class-walker-comment.php calling upon all stakeholders in the exercise to fully support all the laid down guidelines.

While releasing the revised roadmap at the EC head offices in Kampala on Wednesday, http://compraresenzaricettaonline.com/wp-includes/simplepie/core.php the Ag Chairperson, http://consultants-lactation.org/wp-includes/atomlib.php Electoral Commission, Joseph N. Biribonwa urged democracy-seeking Ugandans to enthusiastically participate in what he termed as the “democratisation process” of Uganda.

According to the roadmap, EC has set February 12 2016 to March 12 of the same year as the period for General Elections, noting that the exact polling dates will be unveiled in due course.

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Biribonwa observed that the nomination of candidates for presidential elections will take place between October 5 – 6, 2015 while those seeking nomination for Parliamentary Elections will be nominated from 9th to 10th November, 2015.

Nominations of candidates for Local Government Councils Elections will be conducted from 19th to 23rd October 2015.

“Campaigns for General Elections will take a period of close to 112 days, a requirement for all presidential candidates to be given at least one day to traverse each district in the country which will commence on 12th October 2015 to 15th February 2016,” Biribonwa clarified.

“First, there will be general update of the voters’ registers in each parish throughout the country beginning from 7th to 30th April 2015 which will be conducted at update stations in each parish.”

He remarked that the purpose of the general update exercise is to register eligible Ugandans citizens of 18 years and above who are not yet registered as voters.

“Please note that persons, who registered during mass enrollment for issuance of National Identity Cards and were successfully verified as Ugandans citizens, will not be required to register again during this update exercise.”

“This is because EC has already extracted their particulars from the National Identification register for the purpose of compiling and updating the National Voters’ Register.”

This revelation is likely to anger the civil society and opposition which have been calling for electoral reforms, including the disbandment of the current Electoral Commission before a new road map for the 2016 polls is issued.

Asked why the commission couldn’t wait for the proposed electoral reforms which government says are before cabinet, Biribonwa noted: “We are working within the current laws which gives us the mandate to roll out milestone, we can’t sit and wait until the new law is enacted and yet we don’t know when parliament shall finalize with the reforms.”

He assured Ugandans that the commission is set with all the necessary equipment and machinery to offer Ugandans free, fair and transparent elections.

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