Press Statement 6th August 2013.
Demarcation of Electoral Areas for Representation at Local Governments and re-organisation of Polling Stations in Preparation for the 2016 General Elections.
Dear esteemed partners, members of the press, it is my privilege and pleasure to welcome you to this press briefing, at the Electoral Commission.
Today, the Commission will update you on the preparations for a countrywide exercise of
demarcating electoral areas for representation at Local Governments and re-organisation
of polling stations in preparation for the 2016 General Elections as per attached programme.
B. Demarcation of Electoral Areas for Representation at Local Governments
Demarcation of Electoral Areas for representation at Local Governments Councils is done in accordance with Article 181 of the Constitution and Section 108, 109 and 110 of the Local Governments Act, CAP 243. Electoral areas are the units for political representation at the various Local Governments:
• For District-level Local Government, the unit is a sub county for a Directly-elected Councillor, then a Sub County, or Sub Counties, or part of a Sub County for a Woman Councillor.
• For Sub County-level Local Government, the unit is a Parish for a Directly-elected Councillor, then a Parish or Parishes, or Part of a Parish for a Woman Councillor. The necessity to demarcate electoral areas for the General Local Government Council Elections, 2016 has arisen out of the following:
1. Creation of new Sub counties/Towns whose councils have to be formed and also
affecting representation at district level;
2. Creation of new Parishes/Wards affecting representation at Sub county/Town level;2
The combination or splitting of basic administrative units for formation of electoral areas for representation, where this is called for, shall be done in the field for a period of seven (7) days, from Saturday, 17th August till Friday, 23rd August 2013.
C. Exercise for the Countrywide Re-organisation of Polling Stations in Preparation
for the 2016 General Elections. The Electoral Commission, in accordance with Section 12(1) (d) of the Electoral Commission Act, 1997 (Cap 140) is mandated to establish and operate polling stations for purpose of elections. In preparation for the 2016 General Elections, the Commission has undertaken to reorganise polling stations countrywide to enable voters to conveniently cast their votes.
The re-organisation exercise will also aim at ensuring adequate space at polling stations as
well as manageable number of voters per polling station.
The re-organization exercise will be conducted for a period of 8 days, from Monday 19th August 2013 till Monday 26th August 2013. During the exercise, the following activities will be undertaken:
Polling stations that have far less than 900 voters without justification will be merged,
taking into consideration proximity of the villages and distances traveled by voters to the
Polling stations with more than 900 voters, the optimum number of voters, will be split into
one or more polling stations.
3. Rationalising polling stations:
Polling stations which were large and had earlier been split on the basis of the alphabet,
e.g. ABC Primary School A-M and ABC Primary School N-Z will be split on the basis of
villages and/or cells where practical.
The following categories of polling stations will be re-located:
i. Stations that are congested or located in contestable areas, e.g. near bars and
private premises like people's compounds, will be relocated and renamed, where
ii. Stations clustered in polling centers where there is inadequate space for polling
iii. Stations where proximity to voters is not well-observed resulting in voters traveling
long distances to vote; and,3
iv. Stations where new infrastructure developments have taken place, e.g. new
buildings, housing estates, roads, factories, etc.
The following polling stations shall be re-named during the exercise:
i. Polling stations whose names have changed due to re-location; and,
ii. Polling stations that do not portray the area name where they are situated.
Please note that this exercise shall also involve harmonisation of parish and village names with the corresponding polling stations.
6. Creation of new polling stations:
The Commission shall create a polling station for any electoral area or new Parish with no polling station, or where a new polling station is legitimately required.
The Commission has drawn a programme to sensitise all stakeholders, namely the electorate, political parties, local leaders, opinion leaders and the media, on the demarcation and re-organisation exercises.
The Commission, therefore, appeals to all members of the public to co-operate with the respective election officials in this matter and participate effectively for a better electoral
For God and my country,
Eng. Dr. Badru M. Kiggundu
Chairperson, Electoral Commission
Press Release 2nd August 2013.
Approved Program for Demarcation of Electoral Areas and Re-organisations of Polling Stations in the entire Country in Preparation for 2016 General Elections.
The Electoral Commission has approved the programme for demarcation of electoral areas
and re-organisations of polling stations in the entire country in preparation for 2016 General
Elections as follows:
No Activities Period
1. Publicity, notification, information to stakeholders and Voter
Education on demarcation and reorganization
1st August – 30th September 2013
2. Advertisement of vacancies for Sub county and Parish
2nd – 6th August 2013
3. Press briefing on Demarcation of Electoral Areas and Reorganization of Polling stations 6th August 2013
4. Short listing and display of candidates for Sub county and Parish Reorganisation Officials 7th August 2013
5. Recruitment of Reorganisation Officials and Supervisors at Parish and Sub County levels. 8th – 9th August 2013
6. Display of lists of names of the proposed reorganisation officials at offices of Returning Officers and Sub-county Headquarters 9th – 13th August 2013.
7. Training of Reorganisation Officials 15th – 16th Aug 2013
8. Internal Distribution of the Reorganisation Kits from districts headquarters to sub counties and Parishes 16th August 2013.
9. Demarcation of electoral areas in Local Governments 17th–23rd Aug 2013
10 Reorganization of Parishes, Polling Stations and Villages (Returning Officers to come up with programmes per Parish). 19th – 26h August2013
11 Display of Recommendations from Village Meetings at Parish Headquarters. 31st August – 1stSeptember 2013.
12 Display of lists of reorganized polling stations at Returning Officers' Office, Sub-county & Parish Headquarters. 28th September – 2nd October 2013.
13 Considerations and Verification of reorganization queries and complaints by Electoral Commission 5th October 2013.
14 Communication of reorganization results to stakeholders 30th Sept – 7th Oct 2013.
15 Publication of reorganisation Results 7th October 2013.
Eng. Dr. Badru M. Kiggundu
Chairperson, Electoral Commission 5
Appendix I: Districts where Demarcation of Electoral Areas will be done
The Electoral Commission has approved the programme for demarcation of electoral areas in
the districts listed below:
Code District Code District Code District
01 Apac 38 Soroti 92 Kiryandongo
02 Arua 39 Tororo 96 Ntoroko
04 Bushenyi 40 Adjumani 97 Serere
05 Gulu 42 Busia
06 Hoima 43 Katakwi
08 Jinja 44 Nakasongola
10 Kabarole 45 Ssembabule
102 Kibuku 46 Kamwenge
103 Kole 48 Kyenjojo
104 Kween 50 Pader
106 Mitooma 52 Wakiso
107 Napak 54 Kaberamaido
109 Buhweju 55 Kanungu
11 Kalangala 56 Nakapiripirit
112 Rubirizi 57 Amolatar
12 Kampala 58 Amuria
13 Kamuli 61 Ibanda
14 Kapchorwa 62 Isingiro
15 Kasese 63 Kaabong
16 Kibaale 65 Kiruhura
17 Kiboga 66 Koboko
18 Kisoro 67 Manafwa
19 Kitgum 68 Mityana
22 Lira 69 Nakaseke
24 Masaka 75 Namutumba
25 Masindi 76 Oyam
26 Mbale 77 Maracha
27 Mbarara 80 Lyantonde
28 Moroto 81 Amudat
29 Moyo 82 Buikwe
32 Mukono 85 Lamwo
33 Nebbi 87 Zombo
34 Ntungamo 88 Alebtong
35 Pallisa 89 Bulambuli
36 Rakai 90 Buvuma
37 Rukungiri 91 Gomba