With five days left to polling day, UN Women and Citizen Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda CCEDU have taken voter mobilization campaigns to northern districts of Gulu, Oyam and Omoro.
The voter education campaign dubbed “Omulembe Gwa Digito,” mainly targets youths and women and meant to encourage peer-to-peer voter mobilization strategy sensitizing them on how to vote.
Uganda will hold presidential and parliamentary elections on 14th January 2020, and later hold elections for Special Interest Groups as well as Local Government leaders. Out of the 18 million registered voters, 75 percent are aged between 18 and 35 years, a category majority of whom have access to phones and the internet.
Before heading to the north, CCEDU and UN Women took voter mobilization campaigns to youths in Bweyale and Nakasongola where over 50 students were senstized on how to vote. The youngsters were educated on the value of their vote and how to use information on their phones, the internet and radio in order to optimally participate in next week’s elections.
According to the Executive Director CCEDU, Charity Kalebu Ahimbisibwe, the campaign aims at reaching 10 million voters of the 18 million registered voters ahead of the elections.
Charity says CCEDU will continue to mobilize Ugandans to also mobilize their peers to participate, engage and vote as part of fulfilling their civic duty of deciding who leads them.