Monday, August 23, 2010

Uganda National Voters Register available Online

Computers and the Internet are certainly changing the way we do things. For the very first time, the electoral commission is displaying the national voter's register online!! Citizens now have the ability to browse the entire register at their convenience.

The national voter's register can be accessed via the electoral commission website here: http://www.ec.or.ug or http://41.210.167.106/nvr/, considering that the website is facing a name resolution problem.

Challenges with the register
  • Users cannot search the register for their names, unless they know the name of the district, constituency, sub county, parish and polling station.
  • Website or register has no web 2.0 features. Users cannot share the resource with their friends or easily give feedback to improve this resource.
  • Since the register is uploaded online to allow citizens a chance to check the correctness of their names and particulars, no where is it mentioned on whom to contact when discrepancies in the register are discovered by the users.
Besides, these issues, it is worth noting that this is a great step in the right direction. With this kind of trend, elections rigging will greatly be reduced when the results of each candidate are uploaded into the system at each particular polling station. Hopefully, the 2011 election will not incidences of altered election results.