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Voter registration campaign heads to Jinja

By Vision Reporter

Added 23rd April 2015 06:04 PM

Citizen’s Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda (CCEDU) flagged off its Votability Caravan, beginning its countrywide tour from Bugembe Township in Jinja district.

Voter registration campaign heads to Jinja

Citizen’s Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda (CCEDU) flagged off its Votability Caravan, beginning its countrywide tour from Bugembe Township in Jinja district.

Citizen’s Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda (CCEDU) flagged off its Votability Caravan, beginning its countrywide tour from Bugembe Township in Jinja district. 

The caravan is utilizing 'infotainment' to mobilize Ugandans aged 18 and above to actively participate in the on-going national voters’ register update exercise that is taking place at each and every parish/ward countrywide.

At Bugembe Township, over 600 people from Jinja and nearby areas convened to witness the Votability caravan flag-off.  Speakers including, CCEDU Advisory Board Member, James Waiswa, OC Police Bugembe, Francis Musamali and CCEDU Coordinator, Crispy Kaheru delivered motivational messages to the public encouraging citizens to stay vigilant on the different milestones of the electoral cycle ahead of 2016 general elections.

A key milestone at the moment is the National Voters Register Update exercise, which is aimed at: registering (for voting purposes) eligible Ugandan citizens of eighteen (18) years and above who did not register during the national ID registration exercise; giving an opportunity to voters who wish to move to new voting locations than those they listed at the time of national ID registration to do so; and providing a chance to eligible voters to confirm that their particulars appear correctly on the Voters’ Register at the voting locations of their choice.

The comic skits acted at the flag-off event emphasized the importance of the on-going Update exercise as a cornerstone to making a clean, credible and reliable voters register – and challenged each citizen to play a responsible role in the Update exercise as a way of averting possible voter register related electoral malpractices.

The Votability caravan will traverse the whole country between 18th and 30th April, 2015 and will have major activations in: Jinja, Iganga, Mbale, Tororo, Soroti, Dokolo, Gulu, Arua, Kagadi, Fort Portal, Kabale, Mubende, Kalungu, and Wakiso districts.
 

Votability campaign heads to Jinja

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