Gov’t Sets October For Local Council Elections


look geneva; font-size: small;”>The State Minister for Local Government Hon. Alex Onzima confirmed to Parliament on Wednesday that about Shs50 bn required for the exercise will be availed this financial year.

see geneva; font-size: small;”>Responding to a question for oral answer raised by Adjumani Woman MP Hon. Ababiku Jessica, the Minister announced that the Electoral Commission had already secured Shs19 billion which the finance ministry hopes to top up with Shs49 billion to enable the exercise take place.

Minister Onzima affirmed that consideration and approval of the Local Government Amendment Bill 2012 tabled before Parliament recently will reduce the cost of holding the Local Council elections.

The conduct of Local Council Village and Parish elections across the country was halted following a constitutional court order that directed government to amend the law to ensure its compliance with the multiparty political dispensation.

The Attorney General Hon. Ruhindi Freddie confirmed to Parliament that the current office bearers were holding offices legally as opposed to claims that they had been outlawed by the constitutional court ruling.

In 2002 the Electoral Commission tabled a Shs.150 billion budget for the local council village and parish elections.


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