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EC Commissioners sworn in, pledge to conduct free and fair elections 

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Electoral Commission Commissioners led by Justice Simon Byabakama have been sworn in for their second term.

They were sworn in by the chief justice, Alfonse Owiny-Dollo.

Justice Byabakama was re-appointed by President Yoweri Museveni last month following the

End of seven-year term. Justice Byabakama, who served at the Court of Appeal, was named on November 18, 2016, as the Chairman of the Electoral Commission of Uganda, replacing Engineer Badru Kiggundu, whose 14-year, two-term reign had ended.

He was sworn in alongside Hajjati Aisha Lubega, the deputy chairperson; James Emorut; Stephen Tashobya, a commissioner; Anthony Okello, the former Kyoga County Member of Parliament; Dr. Ssimba Ssali Kayunga, a lecturer at Makerere University; and Caroline Bainamaryo.

Speaking at the High Court, Justice Byabakama assured Ugandans of our unwavering commitment and resolve to execute his constitutional mandate in a transparent and impartial manner for the promotion of democracy in Uganda through the conduct of free and fair elections.

He said those who have expressed doubt about the lack of professionalism, willingness, or ability to be impartial and lead to assuage your fears that, given our respective backgrounds, the men and women have tested character and professional performance in the areas we hail from.

“I want to assure you that we have to serve our country in accordance with the law and ensure that the elections we organise preserve sanctity, unity, peace, and stability. This country is known for,” he said.

The team is scheduled to run in the 2026 elections. According to the 2026 election route, the nomination of candidates for the 2026 presidential campaigns is set to take place between October 2 and October 3, 2025.

Demarcation of the electoral areas will be done by July 2024, and a general update of the National Voters’ Register will be done by January 2025. Elections are set for January 12 to February 9, 2026.

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