(SOURCE: New Vision)
The Electoral Commission (EC) is set to issue Voter Location Slips to voters across the country with two weeks to go.
The Voter Location Slips (VLS) will be issued for a period of 10 days, from January 3rd to 12 at each Parish/Ward across the country.
The VLS, according to a press statement released by the EC’s chairperson, Justice Joseph Byabakama, is a response by the Electoral Commission to complaints raised in the past elections that some voters found difficulty in locating their polling stations.
So What are Voter Location Slips?
The Voter Location Slips are meant to enable voters locate their respective polling stations on polling day.
The VLS bears the particulars of a voter; photograph, names, date of birth, and location. Location means the district, constituency, sub-county, parish and polling station.
The VLS also bears a unique barcode which will be read by the Biometric Voter Identification machines which will be deployed at all polling stations across the country.
The VLS will be used by voters at four rounds of elections during the General Elections 2021 namely; at the Presidential/ Parliamentary; the District/City Chairpersons and Councilors; Municipality/ City Division Chairpersons and Councilors; and Sub-county/town/municipal Division Chairpersons and Councilors elections.
Voter Location Slips are free and should only be picked by the voter in person from the Parish/Ward Supervisor who is an employee of the Commission.
Voters are further advised to carefully secure (Keep in a safe place) the Voter Location Slips so that the barcode is not tampered with.
Only a person whose particulars appear on the Polling Day Register will be issued a VLS during the issuance exercise. However, the Voters’ Register is the primary document for the purpose of polling.
Accordingly, a voter whose name is on the Voters’ Register but is unable to produce a VLS on Polling Day, will be allowed to vote.