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EC Release Election Program for New Districts

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The Electrical Commission (EC) has released the program for the parliamentary, local government council elections and by-elections for the 5 newly created districts.

While addressing the press today morning in the Commission boardroom, Justice Simon Byabakama Mugenyi, the chairperson Electoral Commission updated journalists on the upcoming elections that are in the pipeline.

“As you are aware, a number of new districts came into force on 1st of July this year and the law dictates that the EC must conduct for them elections within 60days,” Mugenyi explained.

The new districts for which women MPs, District chairpersons and Local Government Councilors are to be elected are; Bunyangabu, Kyotera, Namisindwa, Pakwach and Rukiga.

The chairperson said that the program will commence with an update of the National Voters’ Register from Friday this week to Monday, at update stations in each parish.

He went on to point out that next Monday will be the deadline for registration of voters in the districts.

“The display of Voters’ Register will be conducted from 14th-18 August at all polling stations whereas nomination of candidates will take place on 10th-11th August,” Mugenyi told the press.

Then the campaigns for the Women MPs for the newly created districts will kick off on August 14-27 and polling will be on August 29.

The chairperson also mentioned that the deadline for holding the by-election of District Woman Representative to Parliament for Kaabong District is on August 28.

He said that the vacancy of this position occurred when the court of Appeal nullified the election of former MP, Christine Tubo Nakwang.

“The EC has further approved the programme for the by-election of District Woman Representative to Parliament for Iganga District and the campaigns are set to take place on 14th September,” said the chairperson.

He went on to caution stakeholders to stay clear of holding fundraising activities during the elections.

“We already received funding from the ministry of Finance to carry out these elections, the budget for the 5 districts in about Shs2 billion,” said Mugenyi.

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