Did You know that Voting more than once is an offence and its Fined sh500,000, here is a Full list of election offences

Did You know that Voting more than once is an offence and its Fined sh500,000, here is a  Full list of election offences

As Uganda prepares for the 2021 elections, the Electoral Commission released a handout highlighting the offences, quoting from the Presidential Elections Act 2005, as amended, Parliamentary Elections Act 2005, as amended, Electoral Commissions Act Cap 140 and the Local Government Act Cap 243

For example, any Election Officer who knowingly counts a ballot paper in favor of the candidate for whom it was not cast, commits an offence. On conviction a person is liable to a fine not exceeding 500,000/= (Five hundred thousand shillings) or imprisonment not exceeding five years or both.

Below is the full list;

 1.      Voting on behalf of another person (living or dead) ▶ Prison 5 years

2. Preventing a person from voting  ▶ Fine sh100,000

 3.  Voting more than once is an offence and on conviction ▶ Fine sh500,000

4.      Refusing to have one’s fingers to be inspected ▶ Fine sh100,000

5.     Election official wrongly counting vote ▶  Fine sh500,000

6.      For the electorate, voting on behalf of another person (living or dead) is an offence and on conviction one is liable to imprisonment of five years (without option of a
fine).

 Below other election offences

  • When an Election Officer, an Agent or Observer, at any polling station, assists any voter with a disability, he/she commits an offence.

  • Failure by the Presiding Officer to submit voting results is an offence and the offender is liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding 100,000/= (One hundred thousand shillings) or imprisonment not exceeding one year or both.

  • Preventing a person from voting is an offence and anyone who commits the offence of obstruction is liable to a fine of 200,000/= (Two hundred thousand shillings) or imprisonment for two years.

  • Any Election Officer who knowingly counts a ballot paper in favor of the candidate for whom it was not cast, commits an offence. On conviction a person is liable to a fine not exceeding 500,000/= (Five hundred thousand shillings) or imprisonment not exceeding five years or both.
  1. Pretending to have a disability is an offence and any person who commits
    this offence is liable to a fine not exceeding l00,000/= (One hundred
    thousand shillings) or imprisonment not exceeding two years or both.
  1. Assisting a voter without authority is an offence and the offender will
    on conviction be liable to a fine not exceeding 200,000/= (Two hundred
    thousand shillings) or two years imprisonment or both.
  1. Voting more than once is an offence and on conviction a person is liable
    to a fine not exceeding 500,000/= (Five hundred thousand shillings) or to
    imprisonment not exceeding five years or both.
  1. Refusing to have one’s fingers to be inspected is an offence and the offender
    is liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding 200,000/ (Two hundred thousand shillings) or to a term of imprisonment not exceeding two years or both.

  2. Voting on behalf of another person (living or dead) is an offence and on
    conviction one is liable to imprisonment of five years (without option of a
    fine).

  3. Selling alcohol within four hundred metres of any polling station is an
    offence and any person who commits this offence is liable on conviction
    to a fine not exceeding 200,000/= (Two hundred thousand shillings) or
    imprisonment not exceeding twelve months or both.
  4. Any person who arms himself or herself during any part of polling day
    with any arms or ammunition without lawful authority commits an offence
    and shall on conviction be liable to a fine not exceeding 200,000/= (Two
    hundred thousand shillings) or imprisonment not exceeding two years or
    both.

    Preventing a person from voting is an offence and anyone who commits
    the offence of obstruction is liable to a fine of 200,000/= (Two hundred
    thousand shillings) or imprisonment for two years.

 VOTER EDUCATION HANDBOOK (click HERE to read online)

 

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