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EC Releases LC1 Election Program: Voting and Counting to Last Only 30Minutes

EC chairperson Justice Simon Byabakama

The Electoral Commission has issued a road map to the Local Council and Women council elections set for later this year.

Addressing journalists in Kampala on Thursday, Electoral Commission chairperson Justice Simon Byabakama said the election program  will kick off in October and polling set for November.

“Elections for the Local Council One will be held on November 21, 2017,” Justice Byabakama revealed.

He said the polling will follow registration of residents into a voters’ register scheduled for November 26 and 30; followed by a display of voter’s register, nomination and campaigning.

Queueing

The LC1 elections will not be by a secret ballot as it is at other levels of elections.

“The election shall be by voters lining behind the nominated candidates or their representatives, “Justice Byabakama said quoting section 111 (2) of the Local Government Act.

The Electoral Commission estimates that the lining, voting and actual vote counting will only take 30 minutes.

Justice Byabakama said that from 7am to 11 am, there will be assembly and verification of the voters by the village presiding officer followed by voter education, before the actual polling and counting of votes kicks off at 11am to 11:30am.

Asked whether the 30 minutes will be enough for the entire process, the Electoral Commission boss said the process cannot take the entire day but a limited period of time.

“We thought 30 minutes will be enough to avoid people keeping in the line for long.”

He added,” Thirty minutes is reasonable time.”

On a scenario when the entire village council committee comprises of illiterates, Justice Byabakama said that at least one of the members should know how to read and write.

“The committee is comprised of 11 members and among them is secretary and my understanding is that villagers know themselves well and will choose one who is literate, “Byabakama said.

On whether the day will be declared a public holiday, Justice Byabakama said the EC will work it out with government so as not to disenfranchise those who might be working.

Uganda has 59315 villages and last had Local Council one election 15 years ago.

EC estimates to spend Shs 12.17bn on both LC one and LC2 polls.

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