TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION: The Ministry of ICT and National Guidance together with Government Citizen’s Interaction Center (GCIC) have teamed up with Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Uganda to launch Uchaguzi a web-based web-based application to be used in the coming elections.
The launch of this digital application precedes the ‘UVote App‘ which was also launched by the National Unity Platform to protect and monitor election results.
The Uchaguzi voter platform is mainly aimed at increasing access to up-dated and verified electoral information for the voters as the country gears for the much anticipated national elections.
How the Uchaguzi voter platform works
Once you’ve downloaded the app or accessed it via its website uchaguzi.go.ug. You will have a menu of various categories all availing you with unique information about the 2021 electoral process.
Voters can access the full list of presidential candidates along with candidates of members of parliament and also find their manifestos attached on how they plan to tackle key issues.
Details about polling guidelines are also available that is the expected manner in which votes will be carried out on the election-day. This helps voters avoid any inconveniences while voting as they are made fully aware of the rules.
Instructions on how voting will take place are also accessible via the application.
This is a breakthrough in easing voter access to electoral information as the Uchaguzi voter platform is the first of its kind to avail this kind of information to Ugandans didgitally. Many Ugandans rely on mass media to learn about the electoral process. However, information is usually limited due to some constraints. This unique web platform has introduced 24/7 access to all you need to know about the forthcoming 2021 elections.
Important to note is Uchaguzi is not affiliated with any politician, political party, or political entity.
The application is currently available for Android. You can download it here.
About the Uchaguzi Project
Uchaguzi is a mobile and web based application that is designed to ease access to information on Uganda’s forthcoming general elections 2021. It is chiefly designed to educate voters and sensitize citizens on the electoral process.
This civic education platform is a project of the Ministry of ICT and National Guidance under the Government Citizen’s Interaction Centre (GCIC), in collaboration with the Uganda Electoral Commission. This project is supported by Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Uganda & South Sudan.
About the Project Partners
About KAS Uganda
The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) is a German political foundation closely associated with the Christian Democratic Union (CDU). With over 200 projects in more than 120 countries, the foundation engages in the promotion of the values of democracy, freedom and liberty, peace and justice, and solidarity, through civic education and political dialogue. In Uganda, the foundation has been active for several decades and established strong partnerships with government institutions, civil society and media organizations.
About the Government Citizen’s Interaction Centre (Ministry of ICT)
The Government Citizen’s Interaction Centre (GCIC), is a department under the Ministry of ICT and National Guidance which facilitates online interaction between Ugandan citizens and the Government through various digital channels. As a primary contact to citizens, GCIC enhances the monitoring of service delivery by providing channels for feedback and suggestions to promote open governance. The data generated through these interactions is analyzed to inform policy decisions, guide in the formulation of policy interventions and in the creation of targeted messages to citizens.