The Electoral Commission (EC) has again extended the process of updating of National Voters Register for another seven days.
This follows an extension to five days from the initial deadline of Wednesday Wednesday 11th December 2019.
According to the EC, the initial extension came after they observed big numbers of applicants at the update centers across the country and also received requests for an extension from various stakeholders in the electoral process.
“Arising out of this, the Electoral Commission found it necessary to extend the update period from Wednesday 11th December 2019, for five (5) more days, starting from Thursday 12th December 2019 and ending today Monday 16th December 2019,” a statement from EC reads in part.
“However, before the end of this extended period, the Electoral Commission once again received several requests from numerous stakeholders in the electoral process, and recommendations from our own field staff for a further extension of the period for the General Update of the National Voters Register,” the statement continues.
The Commission chairman, Simon Byabakama claims that a meeting held Monday morning of Monday 16th December 2019 reviewed the reasons advanced by various stakeholders for a further extension, which include: The unfavorable weather conditions in many parts of the country and High turn up of applicants at update stations, to make another extension.
“Accordingly, the Commission has decided to further extend the update period from tomorrow Tuesday 17th December 2019 for seven (7) more days, ending on Monday 23rd December 2019, after which, there will be no further extension,” he said.
“This exercise will continue to be conducted at update stations in each parish throughout Uganda, starting from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, throughout the extended period, including weekends.”