EC Apologises Over Extra Voters On Register

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In short
The Commission came under the spotlight after a concerned citizen and statistician, Evelyn Namara, found that an additional 20,000 voters had been added onto the register containing 15,297,197 voters. It was later found that there were 15,277,197 valid voters.

The Electoral Commission has admitted to an oversight on its part to include an extra 20,000 individuals on the national voters' register.
 
The Commission came under the spotlight after a concerned citizen and statistician, Evelyn Namara, found that an additional 20,000 voters had been added onto the register containing 15,297,197 voters.  It was later found that there were 15,277,197 valid voters.
 
Engineer Badru Kiggundu, EC chairman apologized before a media briefing in Kampala, admitting that it was an error on the Commission's part to include the 20,000 individuals, whose names were listed for deletion from the register after the national voters register clean up between July 22 and August 11, 2015.
 
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The revelations have since drawn condemnation from members of the public and civil society, who warned that such reports could create worry on the outcome of the final results on Election Day.
 
A statement from Citizens Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda (CCEDU), one of the observers in the 2016 elections, notes that the compilation of the national register has been shrouded in controversy and must be addressed.
 
CCEDU says the EC has the duty, with a few days to the February 18 polls, to prove to Ugandans that it will guarantee a clean and credible election.
 
"The EC must appreciate that the future of Uganda right now lies squarely not only on how this election is conducted but also on the amount of confidence the election management body can martial from the public," the statement reads in part.
 
Ugandans go to the polls on February 18 to elect a president, Members of Parliament and district leaders.

 

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Olive Eyotaru
Olive Eyotaru is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Eyotaru has been a URN staff member since February 2015.

Eyotaru started practising journalism while still studying at Uganda Christian University. She was a reporter with Ultimate Media Consult Ltd between 2005 and 2007.

In 2009, Eyotaru joined Monitor Publications Limited, under KFM Radio as a parliamentary and business reporter. Consequently, Eyotaru started writing for the Daily Monitor newspaper until January 2015, when she moved to URN.

She is interested in reporting about politics, health, human rights, business and sports.