Uganda Police: Rules voters have to follow during 2021 General Elections

Uganda Police: Rules voters have to follow during 2021 General Elections

Despite the rights and freedoms to vote, there are a few basic rules that voters need to follow when voting, so that they do not end up breaking the Law.  They should do the following;

  1. Make sure you carry along your National ID or NIN
  2. When you arrive, ONLY Electoral Commission staff will take you through the voting process.
  3. You will receive a ballot paper listing your candidate, party, symbol in your constituency.
  4. Read it carefully and then vote for your chosen candidate by ticking or us of a thumb print.
  5. When you are ready fold the ballot paper for privacy and insert it in the ballot box.
  6. Avoid writing comments on the ballot paper for your candidate, do not sign your ballot paper or imprint names.  It will not count.
  7. You are not allowed to photograph the ballot paper you receive at a polling station.  A selfie risks giving away how someone voted which is against the law.
  8. Stay sober, drunken people can be disruptive and can spoil their ballot paper.
  9. Persons with disabilities, and elderly should seek help from the polling officials.
  10. Voting is secretive.  Avoid discussing candidates inside the polling station.  It can easily unsettle others.  Always alert the polling staff if someone is discussing a candidate inside the polling area.
  11. Do not distribute any election related materials.  It clearly shows your political allegiance and if in large groups its an act of intimidation.
  12. Employers are warned against refusing their employees time off for voting or even penalizing them after voting.
  13. Do not bribe others to vote in a certain way or not to vote at all.
  14. Do not threaten or ask someone else to threaten or impose violence on other voters at the polling station.
  15. Do not campaign at the polls because all political activities on polling day are prohibited like displaying campaign symbols, verbally advocating for a specific candidate, and having campaign literature.  In addition, wearing political attire to the polls, such as T-shirt, caps is considered campaigning.  Therefore, let us leave all the political swag at home.

Regarding health, all voters must know that voting safely during the pandemic requires wearing a mask, hand washing or use of hand sanitizer and on observing social distance.  Precautions are really important because of the high COVID location.

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