For the first time in 16 years Ugandans are going to elect their village council representatives in an exercise that will see voters line up behind their preferred candidates on November 21.
LC I elections were last conducted in 2001 and since then the government failed to conduct three electoral cycles in 2006, 2011 and 2016, reportedly due to lack of funds.
And, updating the media about the Local Council elections today, the Chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission Justice Simon Byabakama said the exercise will cover about 59,200 villages in Uganda.
Justice Mugenyi disclosed that the compilation will be followed by two days of voter register display, and urged voters to turn up in big numbers, with the relevant documents entitling them to participate in the exercise.
“The registration, display of voter’s registers, nomination and registration of voters are aimed at enabling all willing village residents have a chance to participate in the elections,” Justice Mugenyi said at the Commission headquarters today.
In August this year the IEC received Shs 15.7 billion from the ministry of finance to organise the LC 1, 2 and Women Council elections all over Uganda.
However, the exercise that entails lining up has been criticised by political activists, who say it is against the principles of liberal democracy.