EC starts nomination exercise for local council by-elections

EC Spokesperson Mr. Paul Bukenya

KAMPALA, UGANDA: The Uganda Electoral Commission (EC) has today started the nomination exercise for candidates contesting to fill positions in the Local Government Councils By-elections, the DailyExpress has learnt.

According to EC spokesperson Mr. Paul Bukenya, the nominations exercise that ends tomorrow, Tuesday 30th November 2021 will be conducted at the respective District/City headquarters, in those electoral areas where the vacancies exist, from 9 am to 5 pm.

“Aspiring candidates will be required to fulfill all the requirements for the nomination for each elective position,” said Bukenya while addressing journalists on Monday morning at EC offices in Kampala.

He added that all aspiring candidates and their supporters shall be required to comply with guidelines issued by the Electoral Commission in accordance with the Government of Uganda and Ministry of Health measures against the spread of COVID-19, which include observing social distancing, hand washing, and wearing of masks.

“Accordingly, an aspiring candidate shall be accompanied to the nomination venue by only two persons, that is, the proposer and the seconder. The aspiring candidate will be allowed to use only two vehicles for purposes of attending the nominations and each vehicle shall not carry more than three persons including the driver,” he said.

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He warned all potential nominees that that convoys and processions shall not be allowed during the nomination exercise and urged them to cooperate with the police and security team put in place to oversee the process.

The categories to be filled during these by-elections include; District Chairperson for Kayunga District, District Women Councilors, District Directly Elected Councilors, Municipality Directly Elected Councilors, Municipality Women Councilors, Sub-county Chairpersons, Sub-county Directly Elected Councilors, Sub-County Women Councilors; and Councilors representing ting Special Interest Groups (SIGs) Councilors (People with Disabilities; Older Persons, Workers and Youth).

Candidates’ campaign meetings will be conducted for a period of 13 days starting from 2nd to 14th December 2021.

Polling and tallying of results for elections of Councilors representing Special Interest Groups (SIGs) shall take place on Wednesday 15th December 2021.

Meanwhile polling for the District Chairperson, Kayunga, and other Local Government Councils shall take place on Thursday 16th December 2021, at all polling stations in the affected electoral areas.

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