Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni has said that the National Identity will enable the country to fight rigging of elections.
President made this revelation on Sunday while addressing the nation on the importance of the National ID.
Mass registration begins Monday to enable citizens acquire National IDs and the exercise will go on for four months.
“With the National ID, it will be impossible to rig elections, there will be no multiple voting” President Museveni said.
Uganda’s Electoral commission has come under harsh criticism in the past for it’s inefficiencies that have allowed voting malpractice to prevail.
However, the president scoffed at critics who claim that his election was rigged saying “If we wanted to rig elections we wouldn’t bring machines that make cheating impossible”
He added saying that the National ID will make fraud and impersonation impossible.
To those who have doubts about the success of the project, the president drew comparisons with the Immunisation program that was hugely successful.
The president heaped praise on the country’s Internal Affairs Minister, General Aronda Nyakairima who he thanked for making sure that citizens register.
“I would like to thank Gen. Arounda for making sure that Ugandans will tomorrow register for National IDs” president Museveni said.
The government of Uganda has approved $55.6m (Ush 138.583b) supplementary budget for the ope rationalization of the National Identity Cards project.
“Government made a decision in the course of the financial year to implement the Identity Card project and was duly approved by cabinet. The money will be given to the National Citizenship and Immigration Control department to work on the project,” Uganda’s Information Minister Rose Namayanja told the media at the time.
Internal Affairs Minister Gen. Aronda Nyakairima while launching the exercise late last year said it will be divided into two phases. The first phase will include the registration of all citizens aged 16 and above.
The second phase will have all citizens below 16 years registered.
Security agencies like Police, Army, Prisons, ISO and ESO will assist in the work as well as Uganda Bureau of Statistics, Uganda Registration Services Bureau, Citizenship and Immigrations Board, Uganda Revenue Authority, Electoral Commission and the National Information Technology Authority.