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Voter registration exercise ends today

By Vision Reporter

Added 13th June 2010 03:00 AM

THE voter registration exercise will not be extended again, the Electoral Commission chairman, Eng. Badru Kiggundu, has disclosed.

By Norman Katende

THE voter registration exercise will not be extended again, the Electoral Commission chairman, Eng. Badru Kiggundu, has disclosed.

Voters yesterday thronged the registration centres ahead of the deadline today.

“Right now, we won’t extend the deadline. We have reached the limit in terms of finances and resources. There is no day to spare. It’s a programme that we have harmonised, leading to the February elections,” Kiggundu said.

During inspection of the national registration and transfer centre at Kololo airstrip yesterday, Kiggundu said the schedule remains unchanged.

The commission is targeting 3.5 million voters more, a figure which will be reconciled with the existing 10.5 million registered voters.

Kiggundu said nominations are set for September to give the candidates enough time to campaign for votes across the country.

“We intend to have 87-97 days for the campaign, a day in each district,” Kiggundu explained.

In order to make sure that the long queues are cleared in time, the commission yesterday increased logistics at the different stations, with emphasis on urban centres which have more people.

“We looked at the rural areas that have finished the process and got some manpower and sent them to the urban areas.

“We are coordinating with officials on the ground and if they tell us that there are long queues in some places, we send them more manpower,” Kiggundu said.

Many people did not register in the first week, prompting the commission to extend the deadline to today.

The national centres at Kololo, Constitutional Square, Kawempe and Lubya in Rubaga had the longest queues in Kampala.

Voter registration exercise ends today

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