Study: Identity Card Exercise Was Successful

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The national identity card registration exercise that took place from April to August, was largely successful, with between nine and 14 million people getting registered, a study by an election observer group, says.

The study, titled: “Observation of the Mass Enrolment Exercise”, was conducted by Research World International (RWI) on behalf of the Citizens Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda (Ccedu). Ccedu is comprised of 800 civil society organisations and has more than 15,000 members.

Data credible
“The data collected (in the registration exercise) is by and large credible and authentic and it is a good start on the way to developing a credible database if the integrity of the data remains intact,” Dr Patrick Wakida, the head of RWI, said after presenting the results at Protea Hotel in Kampala on Wednesday.

The results show that 90 per cent of the enrolment kits had everything functioning throughout the day. The study also found that the enrolment kits were stored at relatively secure locations, with 53 per cent of them kept at police stations.

PWDs not favoured
The study, however, found that the exercise did not provide any special measures for persons with disabilities.

Mr Livingston Ssewanyana, the chairperson of Ccedu executive committee, said the study was meant to improve the ID registration exercise by pointing out areas that needed improvement.

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