Voter education usually takes place before the start of the election cycle, to purposely assist the election administration in its task of delivering a free, fair, efficient and cost-effective election. It encompasses the basic voter information that every voter must have in order to arrive prepared at the voting station and vote on the dedicated polling days.
Ugandan citizens are concerned about the absence of civic and voter
education in the run-up to the 2021 general election. They are
concerned that many of the activities taking place today are unknown to
the majority of the population, yet they are the pivot upon which the
entire exercise rotates.
Voter education usually takes place before the start
of the election cycle, to purposely assist the election administration
in its task of delivering a free, fair, efficient and cost-effective
It encompasses the basic voter information that every voter must have
in order to arrive prepared at the voting station and vote on the
dedicated polling days.
voter in Kampala central division feels there is an information vacuum,
where people are not
aware of the changes in the election process, let alone understanding
the revised roadmap that was recently released by the Electoral
argues that people need to understand the basics of virtual campaigns
and what is expected of them since this is the first time in the history
of the country that there will be no campaign rallies or where physical
contact between the candidates and their voters.
He cautions that if this is not addressed now, it will have far-reaching effects on the outcome of the 2021 elections.
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23 – year old Jovia
Nalwoga, a voter in Nama village, Mukono district does not know when the
election will take place but adds that she thinks votes for
presidential candidates will be cast through the internet.
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Susan Muhebwa, a voter from Lusanja village is concerned that while the
National Resistance Movement (NRM) leaders and their
supporters 'are allowed' to conduct consultative meetings without
disruption, opposition politicians and their supporters are harassed by
police and other security agencies.
Isa Sekitto, a member of the
Democratic Party says that the Electoral Commission is deliberately
avoiding voter education to keep Ugandans in the dark. He says that one
just has to be a powerful candidate to win an election
even when it is not free and fair.
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spokesperson Paul Bukenya says they are vetting 31 non-government
that want to carry out voter education, a process which involves
security vetting, to ensure that all players are non-partisan and
registered with the National NGO Bureau.
that elections will be held under the hybrid system where both media channels
and consultative meetings, with limited human interactions, will be used.