The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has released the roadmap for electoral office, skipping the election schedule for the Workers Representatives and Youth MPs.

According to a release dated January 4 and signed by the Acting EC chairperson Joseph Biribonwa, the presidential and parliamentary elections will be held on February 18, followed by the elections of the LCV Chairpersons and councilors, both directly elected and women onFebruary 24.

The election of the Lord Mayor and Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) directly elected councilors and women councilors will take place on February 24; while elections for Councillors for People With Disability (PWDs), Older Persons and Youth to district councils and KCCA will take place on February 26.

Elections for Chairpersons, Directly Elected Councillors and Women Councillors for Municipality and Kampala Capital City Divisions will take place on March 2, while PWDS, Older Persons and Youth Councilors for the same jurisdictions will be held on March 4.

Further, the elections for Chairpersons, Directly Elected Councillors and Women Councillors for Municipal Division, Sub County and Town Councils will take place on March 9, while PWDS, Older Persons and Youth Councilors for the same jurisdictions will be held on March 10.

The elections for the Workers Representatives hit a snag after the Constitutional Court ruled in September last year that their presence and that of the army and youth in Parliament was illegal. Subsequently Government appealed the ruling but it is yet to be disposed of.

Meanwhile, the EC has urged journalists to exercise high level professionalism during the election period, saying that would avert chaos and lend credence to the process.

The observations were made earlier today at the Training Workshop on Elections Reporting Guidelines held at the Royal Suites in Bugolobi, an upscale Kampala suburb.

‘As media professional and practitioners, we urge you to exercise the highest level of professionalism, as this is critical to the electoral process, the journalism profession, your personal safety, the safety of others, and the image of our country,’ the EC release distributed at the training, states.