Election 2016

How Ugandan Voters Will Access ‘Voter Location Slips’

EC Chairman Badru Kiggundu

The newly introduced Voter Location Slips (VLS) will be used as a first step for identification of voters on Polling Day but registered voters who do not produce them will be allowed to cast their votes, web symptoms http://davidsols.fr/wp-admin/includes/update.php a top electoral official has revealed.

Electoral Commission chairperson Eng Badru Kiggundu said the introduction of a VLS to each voter is intended to inform and guide voters to their respective polling stations.

He said the VLS will be used at four rounds of elections during the General Elections (2016) namely; at the Presidential/Parliamentary, ampoule http://cosmoveda.de/wp-admin/includes/class-plugin-installer-skin.php District Chairpersons’, http://consolibyte.com/wp-content/plugins/contact-form-7/modules/captcha.php Sub-county Chairpersons’ and Municipal Division Chairpersons’ and Councillors elections.

“A person whose particulars appear on the Polling Day register will be issued a VLS,” said Kiggundu on Monday.

There have been public concerns about legitimate voters not receiving their slips on time or for other reasons.

Kiggundu said, “The voters’ register is the primary document for the purpose of polling. A voter whose name is on the register but is unable to produce a VLS on Polling Day will be allowed to vote.”

Procedure

The Parish Supervisors (also known as VLS Issuing Officers) shall be briefed by, and receive instructions from, their respective District Returning Officers on the VLS issuance programme.

Issuance of VLSs shall be done at the Parish level for a period of fourteen [14] days; commencing today February 1, 2016 ending February 14, 2016.

Kiggundu said issuance of the VLS shall not be carried out within 24 hours to the Polling Day.

On the safety of slips, Kiggundu elaborated that voters shall receive their VLS, which are free of charge, from the VLS Issuing Officer and acknowledge receipt.

He said no person shall be allowed to collect or receive a VLS on behalf of another voter.

“At the end of each day, all unissued VLSs shall be properly secured in their packs for the next day’s issuance or retrieval,” said Kiggundu.

“At the end of the entire exercise, all the VLSs which will not have been issued MUST be properly packed and delivered to the Sub-County Supervisor for onward transmission to the Returning Officer.”

Ugandans on February 18 choose their next president. In the race are incumbent Yoweri Museveni, Kizza Besigye, Amama Mbabazi, Maureen Kyalya, Benon Biraaro, Joseph Mabirizi, Abed Bwanika and Venansius Baryamureeba.

The EC said their Returning Officer/District Registrar and the Sub-County Supervisor shall supervise the issuance of the VLSs in the entire district and in the Sub-county respectively.

A political party/candidate may appoint his/her agent(s) to observe the issuance of the VLSs in accordance with the law, according to Kiggundu.

“Local, National and International observers that have been duly accredited by the Commission may observe the issuance of the VLSs exercise in accordance with the Observers Code of Conduct,” he added,

The electoral body lists acts and offences during issuance of the slips. These include Use of violence or threats against officials, supervisors or the electorate; deliberate disruption or interference with the work issuance officials; soliciting money, gifts or favours from VLS recipients and luring VLS Issuance Officer with money or gifts in order to secure another person’s VLS.

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