Article 59, The Right to Vote

The constitution of the Republic of Uganda provides for representation of the people. Under this, the constitution protects the right to vote. The right to vote is fundamental because it directly affects other rights to the extent that the leaders we vote into power determine whether the rule of law will be upheld or not. Every citizen of Uganda of eighteen years of age or above has a right to vote. In Uganda, the legal age of adulthood is eighteen. This places a duty on every citizen of 18 years of age and above to register as a voter for public elections or referenda. The majority of Ugandans do not exercise their right to vote, especially those in rural areas because of a lack of awareness.
The constitution also places a duty upon the state to take all necessary steps to ensure that all citizens qualified to vote register and exercise their right to vote. This can be done by creating awareness among the citizenry and calling upon them to register. In providing for the right to vote, the government ought to be inclusive in regards to gender and person’s with disabilities not to be left out. Therefore, the parliament of Uganda has a duty to make laws to provide for the facilitation of citizens with disabilities to register and vote. This includes making accessible places for voting, getting sign language interpreters for those who cannot hear, being able to guide those who are blind, and putting into consideration all kinds of disabilities.