The voting exercise for the winner of ACIA 2016 Special Award category has started this week.

This award aims to recognise the Government of Uganda’s development efforts, especially in the promotion of e-Government.

It’s being contested for by 12 Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) have submitted entries to demonstrate their ICT prowess in offering e-government services to Ugandans. These MDAs are Education Service Commission (ESC), Inspectorate of Government (IGG), Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Sports (MoESTS), Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development (MoEMD) and Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development (MoFPED).

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Others are the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development (MoLHUD), National Medical Stores (NMS), National Social Security Fund (NSSF), National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC), Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) and Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA).

The public is being asked to determine who of the above-mentioned MDA offers the Best e-Government Service in Uganda. The voting is being done electronically at: www.acia.ug/vote

The five-day exercise ends onApril 29, 2016. The winner and runners up will be announced during the ACIA 2016 Awards Gala night that will take place at Serena Conference Centre on May 20, 2016.

Overall, there are six major award categories for ACIA 2016. The other five award categories are:Young Innovators, Business Excellence, Service Excellence, ICT for Development, and Digital Content. These winners and runners up of these five categories shall be determined by a panel of eminent and independent judges.

Launched in 2010, ACIA – Annual Communication Innovation Award – is an initiative of the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) with the aim of encouraging local ICT innovations and applications through ACIA. Since then, the event has now become a signature of Uganda’s innovation industry.

The ACIA 2016 Awards gala will be preceded by a one-day Exhibition held on the same day.