Uganda: Citizens to Check Voting Status On Phone

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Ugandans can now check their voting status via their mobile phones, at a cheap cost, across all networks, thanks to the new Electoral Commission service.

The simple sms sent to 8683 will avail the recipient all details about their voting status as indicted in the voters' register like polling station, district, sub-county and county.

The Electoral Commission (EC) chairman, Dr Badru Kiggundu launched the service, which cuts across all mobile phone networks, in Kampala yesterday.

Financed by the US government, the service costs Shs120 on MTN and UTL while Orange and Warid charge Shs220. Airtel charges Shs160 for each sms sent.

However, the first one million people to send the sms receive the service free of charge, but the subsequent subscribers will be charged.

All one has to do is text his or her voter identity number to 8683. For the newly-registered voters who have not been given voter numbers, they are required to send the 17 digit number on their registration receipt to 8683.

One can also get the same service by sending his surname followed by their dates of birth.

The service, which started yesterday afternoon, will go on until the voting day on February 18. The deputy EC chairman, Mr Joseph Biribonwa, said all political parties shall be availed copies of voters' register at least two weeks to the voting day.