Elections for Administrative Units and Women Councils/Committees
Elections for Administrative Units and Women Councils/Committees
Commissioners and Secretary EC
Commissioners and Secretary EC
The BVVK is used for Verifing Voters on the Polling Station
The BVVK is used for Verifing Voters on the Polling Station
Presiding Officer in-charge of a polling station
Presiding Officer in-charge of a polling station
Everyone is entitled to vote
Everyone is entitled to vote
Checking of Voter Detail from a BVVK(Biometric Voter Verification Kit)
Checking of Voter Detail from a BVVK(Biometric Voter Verification Kit)
Presiding Officers
Presiding Officer and Polling Assistants at a Polling Station
Voter secretly making a choice of their candidate inside the basin
Voter secretly making a choice of their candidate inside the basin
It is the right of every Uganda to cast their vote for their candidate of choice
It is the right of every Uganda to cast their vote for their candidate of choice
Checking for the names of a voter by the presiding official
Checking for the names of a voter by the presiding official
Counting Votes
Counting Votes at a polling station by Presiding official

Latest EC News:

It is my privilege and pleasure to welcome you back to the premises of the Electoral Commission...

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Tuesday, 16 Jun, 2020

In preparation for the 2020-2021 General Elections, and in accordance with Section 25 of the...

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Tuesday, 18 Feb, 2020

The Display of the National Voters’ Register ends today, Tuesday 10th March 2020, at all polling...

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Tuesday, 10 Mar, 2020

The Electoral Commission has noted a fictitious vacancy announcement circulating on various...

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Thursday, 26 Dec, 2019

Activities of the Electoral Commission

20.JPG1. Organising, conducting and supervising various elections and referenda; 
2. Compiling, maintaining, revising and updating:
a) The National Voters’ Register on a continuous basis
b) The various registers for Special Interest Groups 
3. Producing and issuing voters’ cards;
4. Compiling and updating the various Voters’ Registers for Special Interest Groups and Administrative units;

Electoral Commission Statistics:

Number of Districts in Uganda: 135

Number of Counties: 257

Number of Constituencies: 296

No. of Sub Counties/Towns/Municipal Divisions: 2,062

Number of Parishes: 10,029

Number of Villages: 68,733

Number of Polling Stations: 34,344

Number of Registered Voters: 17,782,594

Resumption of Electoral Activities under the Revised Roadmap for 2020/2021 General Elections

It is my privilege and pleasure to welcome you back to the premises of the Electoral Commission after almost three months of low-key electoral activity. I thank you for responding to our invitation, and the support you have rendered to the Commission during the period when electoral activities have been suspended due to public health safety concerns, arising out of the corona virus (COVID-19) pandemic, which has affected the whole world, Uganda inclusive.

I further welcome you to this Press Conference, where the Commission is launching a revised Roadmap for the 2020/2021 General Elections.

On behalf of the Members of the Commission, the Management and Staff of the Commission, I wish to extend our sincere appreciation to the Government of the Republic of Uganda, under the leadership of His Excellency, the President, Gen. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, for the courageous and wise management of the corona virus pandemic.

I further convey our deep appreciation to the various agencies and task force teams at the national and district/local levels, under the leadership of the Ministry of Health, for their tireless efforts in guiding the nation in public health safety, which has helped to keep infection levels low and preventing the loss of lives due to the pandemic. The Commission sincerely salutes all the people of Uganda and our partners for working together stem the sporadic spread of Covid-19

As you are already aware, the corona virus pandemic has had an effect on some electoral activities under the Roadmap for the 2020/2021 General Elections.

On the 23rd day of March, 2020, when Government declared a nationwide lockdown, the Commission was already implementing preliminary activities under the Roadmap for the 2020/2021 General Elections. Namely; update and display of the National Voters Register and Registers of Special interest groups

The Commission was particularly carrying out activities for the conduct of elections for the Special Interest Groups (Persons with Disability, Older Persons, Youth) Committees from Village to National Levels. This was to be followed by other preparatory activities for elections of Local Government Councils, Members of Parliament and the President.

The Electoral Commission postponed the above activities under the Roadmap, in response to measures introduced by Government to prevent the spread of the deadly Coronavirus. This is because electoral activities involve public gatherings and hence pose high COVID-19 risk of person-to-person and object-to-person transmissions.

As a result of the postponement, the Commission has lost three months of critical Roadmap activities. The postponement of Roadmap activities also caused inconvenience to various stakeholders in the electoral process. This includes political parties and organisations, which were preparing internal primaries to identify persons to contest as candidates at various elective levels, as well as individuals who are aspiring to contest as independent candidates at various levels. All the inconvenience is regretted, but as we all know, the postponement was inevitable. 

The Commission recognises the constitutional right of citizens to vote and choose their leaders, as well as our duty to facilitate the exercise of those rights. The Commission is further mindful of the need to ensure a healthy and safe environment for all stakeholders during the electoral process.

Accordingly, after consultations with, and expert guidance from the Ministry of Health, the Commission has considered and approved a revised Roadmap for the 2020/2021 General Elections as indicated here in

This Revised Roadmap highlights the dates for commencement of various key electoral activities, namely, nominations, campaigns and polling for various elective positions, that is, Presidential, General Parliamentary and Local Government Councils. The Roadmap also highlights the period for conduct of elections for Special Interest Groups (Persons with Disability, Older Persons and Youth) Committees from Village to National Levels.

A copy of this Revised Roadmap has been availed to each one of you to enable you study the details and identify the necessary action to take. A soft copy of the same document has been uploaded on the Electoral Commission website: www.ec.or.ug for easy access by other stakeholders.

Some of the key dates in the revised Roadmap are highlighted here below:

No

Activity

Period

1.

Political Party and Organisations to identify flag bearers

22nd June - 21st July 2020

2.

Deadline for resignation by public servants wishing to participate in Special Interest Groups (SIGs) Committees Elections

29th June 2020

3.

Nomination of Village SIGs (Older Persons, Persons with Disability and Youth) Committees Candidates (see attached detailed for progressive levels up to National)

5th August 2020

4.

Deadline for establishment of academic papers with Electoral Commission by aspiring candidates for Local Government

7th July 2020

5.

Deadline for establishment of academic papers with Electoral Commission by aspiring candidates for Parliamentary Elections

11th August 2020

6.

Deadline for establishment of academic papers with Electoral Commission by aspiring candidates for Presidential Elections

1st September 2020

7.

Deadline for resignation by public servants aspiring to contest  for Parliamentary Elections

12th July 2020

8.

Deadline for resignation by public servants aspiring to contest for Local Government Councils Elections

6th August 2020

9.

Deadline for resignation by public servants aspiring to contest for SIG Representative to Parliament

7th August 2020

10.

Deadline for resignation by public servants aspiring to contest for Presidential Elections

31st October 2020

11.

Period for nomination of candidates for Local Governments, including SIGs

7th - 17th September 2020

12.

Nomination of Candidates for Parliamentary Elections

12th - 13th October 2020

13.

Nomination of Candidates for Presidential Elections

2nd - 3rd November 2020

14.

Harmonisdation of Campaign Programme and Signing of Memorandum

4th - 9th November 2020

15.

Conduct of candidates’ campaigns digitally for Local Government

28th September 2020 –

8th January 2021

16.

Conduct of candidates’ campaigns digitally for Parliamentary Elections 

20th October 2020 –

8th January  2021

17.

Conduct of candidates’ campaigns digitally for Presidential Elections

10th November 2020 –

8th January  2021

18.

Polling period for General Elections (exact polling dates to be appointed in due course)

10th January - 8th February 2021

A detailed Roadmap can be obtained from the Electoral Commission website: www.ec.or.ug or the offices of political parties and organisations.

The Commission wishes to assure our esteemed stakeholders that this Roadmap has been revised with careful consideration of the operational requirements for the electoral activities and the legal framework governing the conduct of elections, however, under reduced timeframes.

Given the Covid-19 pandemic, and health risks involved and the expectations during the electoral activities, preparations and conduct of these elections will take different modes.

The Commission has done a risk analysis, the implications and instituted mitigation measures in line with the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health. We have also considered the need to preserve the health of the Citizens vis a vis their constitutional and democratic right to elect leaders of their choice as guaranteed under the Constitution, and come up with a plan that ensures minimal person-to-person contact during the implementation of the electoral process. For example;

The Commission will avail nomination forms on its website that can be printed by those with access to the internet. However, for those with no access to internet, hard copies will be availed. Important to note is that we will only allow an aspiring candidate with only two (2) people; the nominator and a seconder.

Mass rallies will not be allowed but campaigns will be conducted mainly through media. The Commission will issue specific guidelines for each electoral activity under this revised Roadmap in due course and will engage with various stakeholders on the same. This includes detailed information on specific requirements for nomination as a candidate, access to nomination forms, nomination fees and venues and conduct of campaigns and polling process.

Furthermore, the Commission in consultation with the Ministry of Health considered and adopted Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to facilitate safe participation by all stakeholders in the electoral process. These emphasise safe practices, which have been customised to elections and electoral process include;

  1. Practicing social distancing;
  2. Wearing face masks in public; and
  3. Regular washing of hands.

 

Appeal

The Commission calls upon all stakeholders in the electoral process to take note of the various activities that will be conducted under the Roadmap, and especially the respective timelines, so that they participate accordingly.

The Commission further appeals to political parties and organisations as well as individuals aspiring to contest as independent candidates, to utilise the limited time provided in the revised Roadmap, and prepare to participate in the respective activities. More appeal goes to media owners to avail opportunities to all the candidates for fair coverage

Conclusion

The Commission advises political parties and aspiring independent candidates to ensure safe practices during primaries and other preparatory activities. Candidates, their agents and supporters are urged to strictly follow the guidelines on public meetings as issued by the Ministry of Health.

Finally, we call upon all Ugandans to work together to ensure safe and healthy participation in the elections.

I thank you,

For God and my Country,

Justice Byabakama Mugenyi Simon

Chairperson, Electoral Commission

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

EC Concludes Display of the National Voters' Register

The Display of the National Voters’ Register ends today, Tuesday 10th March 2020, at all polling stations countrywide.

The Display exercise commenced on Wednesday 19th February 2020 at all the 34,344 polling stations in the country. The Commission further designated 19th – 28th February 2020 as the period for display of Voters’ Registers for Special Interest Groups (SIGs), namely, the Youths, Persons with Disability (PWD), and Older Persons at Village level. That exercise ended as well.

There shall be no extension of the Display exercise.

Following the conclusion of the Display, the Commission shall now proceed to display the lists of all persons recommended for deletion or inclusion by the Tribunal from the National Voters’ Register, for a period of ten (10) days, that is, from 11th to 20th March 2020 at each respective Parish/Ward Headquarter. The purpose of this exercise is to enable the public to scrutinize the above lists and any person who may have been wrongly recommended for deletion or inclusion to raise an objection to the Parish/Ward Tribunal.

The Parish/Ward Tribunal shall consider and make the final decision concerning the recommendations for inclusion, deletion, or correction made by the public. After the Parish Tribunal process, the Commission will collect all the data for preparation of the final National Voters’ Register in time for conducting the first cycle of elections under the General Elections Roadmap, namely, Elections of Special Interest Groups (SIGs) Committees (Youths, Persons with Disability and Older Persons), which are scheduled for April 2020.

 

Tuesday, March 10, 2020