Fred Enanga while addressing the media

The Uganda Police Force  is set to recruit fifty thousand Special Police Constables (SPCs) across the country to enhance security ahead of the forthcoming 2021 general elections.

The Police Constables will be recruited from their respective districts and they will be vetted by the district police commanders and the various district leaders.

According to police spokesperson, Fred Enanga, the constables will only serve for a period of three months from January 2021. They will be deployed before, during and after the 2021 elections in various parts of the country.

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“We have a plan of recruiting 50,000 election Special Police Constables. These will be recruited to strengthen the Uganda Police Force for effective policing of the pre-election, election and post-election periods. They will be recruited from their respective districts after vetting by the District Police Commanders,” Enanga said.

“These shall be appointed for three months and are to be deployed one month to the polling date. They shall be paid an allowance of shs 375,000 per month.”

According to the police spokesperson, the recruits must be citizens of Uganda, with good conduct, with national ID, proven record of volunteerism with police and should be between 18 and 40 years of age.

“They should have at least O-level certificate, must be physically fit and duly recommended by Local Councils one, two and three. We want to caution those who may want to present forged testimonials that they risk jail,” Enanga said.

Each polling station will have an SPC deployed purposely to guard voting material, polling officers and guide voters while casting votes.

The Electoral Commission has already completed the nomination exercises for local government and for Member of Parliament seats. Presidential candidates will be nominated on November 2 to 3rd.