Press Release

15/12/2015: Suspension of Campaign Meetings for Parliamentary Elections

The Electoral Commission reminds all candidates for Parliamentary Elections that no campaign meetings will be allowed across the country during the period 15th – 23rd December 2015. 

This period was blocked in order to enable Members of Parliament attend to critical national matters. 

The suspension of campaigns from 15th December to 23rd December 2015 was communicated to all candidates, the public and security (Uganda Police) at the nominations and harmonisation of candidates’ meetings. 

14/12/2015: Issuance of Copies of Photo-bearing Voters’ Register to Presidential Candidates

 

Today, the Electoral Commission, in accordance with Section 18A of the Electoral Commission Act (as amended), will start the exercise of issuing a complete set of the photo-bearing National Voters’ Register, to each of the candidates contesting in the 2016 Presidential Elections.

The National Voters’ Register bears the names of all the 15,277,196 registered voters, arranged alphabetically by surname, at each of the 28,010 polling stations in Uganda.

Progress of Roadmap for 2016 General Elections

The Electoral Commission concluded the nomination of candidates for the following elective positions at Parliamentary level:

  1. Directly-elected members of Parliament
  2. District Woman Representative to Parliament
  3. Representative of Persons with Disability to Parliament

We wish to report that the exercise was concluded smoothly across the country. The Commission has started receiving the returns, and will avail the statistics of the exercise in due course.

Clarification on Hon. Norbert Mao’s failed bid for Nomination

 

On 2nd December 2015, Hon. Norbert Mao presented himself for nomination for Member of Parliament, Gulu Municipality, Gulu District. However, the Returning Officer could not nominate him because his name was not found on the National Voters Register, which is a requirement for nomination under Section 4 (1) (b) of the Parliamentary Elections Act of 2005 (as amended).

The Electoral Commission has noted the false commentaries that have arisen out of this failed bid for nomination of Hon. Norbert Mao, and would like to clarify on the matter as follows: 

Misrepresentation of the Electoral Commission as a Partisan Body

The Electoral Commission has noted with concern, the images which are circulating through various media especially social media platforms, where a truck bearing voter education messages and what appears to be ‘Electoral Commission’ logo, decorated with posters of one of the Presidential candidates, and carrying likely supporters of that candidate. 
    
The images have caused concern among stakeholders in the electoral process, over the impartiality of the election management body in the conduct of the elections. 

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