EC Starts Update of Register for 2020-2021 General Elections

General Update of the National Voters’ Register, Thursday 21st November – Wednesday 11th December 2019

In accordance with Article 61 (1)(e) of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda (as amended), and Sections 18 and 19 of the Electoral Commission Act (Cap 140), the Electoral Commission will conduct a General Update of the National Voters’ Register, in preparation for the 2020-2021 General Elections.

The General Update of the National Voters’ Register will be conducted at update stations as shall be publicised for each parish throughout Uganda, from Thursday 21st November 2019 to Wednesday 11th December 2019, starting from 8:00am to 6:00pm, on each of the appointed dates, including weekends.

During the General Update exercise, the Electoral Commission will register eligible Ugandan citizens of 18 years and above, who are not yet registered as voters.  

An eligible person who wishes to register as a voter will be able to do so at any of the update centres countrywide where a registration kit will be stationed.

A person who is already registered as a voter anywhere in Uganda must not
register again. 

During the update exercise, registered voters who wish to transfer to new voting locations will be able to apply for such transfer. A voter who wishes to transfer to a new voting location will be required to present confirmation that he/she originates from or is, at the time of application for transfer, a resident of the Parish of that (new) voting location. Such applicants should ensure they have details of their previous voting location.

The update exercise will also enable registered voters to check and confirm that their particulars are on the Register at voting locations which they indicated during registration.

To facilitate this confirmation, the Commission will display at each update station, the Register of each polling station within the respective Parish/Ward.

During this exercise, the details of learners who were registered under the Learners Project in 2017 and have since attained the age of 18 years will be updated and assigned a polling station within their parish of residence or origin.

Accordingly, such eligible learners will not register afresh but but will be required to present themselves at the registration/update centre with their National Identification Number (NIN) in order to specify their preferred polling stations for purposes of voting.

The Electoral Commission has appointed Wednesday 11th December 2019, as the cut-off date for registration of voters in Uganda. Registration and transfer of voters from one polling station to another within Uganda will not be conducted after this date.


Justice Byabakama Mugenyi Simon, Chairperson, Electoral Commission


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Thursday, November 21, 2019