BY UGANDA VANGUARD
KAMPALA – The Electoral Commission (EC) has approved the programme for the election of District Woman Representatives to Parliament for Kikuube and Karenga districts and elections in lower local government councils.
In a press statement on Tuesday August 6th, 2019 by EC chairperson Justice Byabakama Mugenyi Simon, the two area Members Parliament opted for the new districts of Kikuube and Karenga curved from Hoima and Kaabong districts respectively. He however clarified that their seat are not vacant sighting the law.
“This is in accordance with Section 8(5) (a),(b) and (c) of the Parliamentary Elections Act, 2005 (as amended), which provides as follows: ‘‘…where a new district is created, the following provisions shall apply to the elections of the District Woman Representative to Parliament: The District Woman Representative of the original District affected shall continue to represent the district of her choice; Elections shall be held to elect a District Woman Representative for the district not represented,” he said
Justice Byabakama said EC has banned of fundraising activities in two constituencies during electoral programme.
“The purpose of this ban is to allow a leveled-ground for candidates in the race. For avoidance of doubt, this ban takes effect from Friday 16thAugust 2019,which is the cut-off date for registration of voters and transfer of voting location in Hoima and Kaabong districts, and will continue until polling day. Those found to be contravening the law shall be dealt with accordingly,” he said.
Justice Byabakama furtherexplained, “The EC will hold a consultative meeting with all elected Village (LC1) Chairpersons in Hoima District on Tuesday 13thAugust 2019. Details of the venue will be communicated in due course. The purpose of the meeting will be to specifically inform them of their critical role during the update and display exercise to ensure a clean National Voters’ Register.” Adding, “ The EC will further hold a consultative meeting with Hoima District leadership, representatives of political parties and organizations, representatives of civil society organizations, security officials, religious leaders, opinion leaders, sub county supervisors and members of the press on Wednesday 14thAugust 2019.”
In Kaabong District, Justice Byabakama said the EC is hold a consultative meeting with all elected Village (LC1) Chairpersons as well as leadership, representatives of political parties and organisations, representatives of civil society organizations, security officls, religious leaders, opinion leaders, sub county supervisors and members of the press on Thursday 22ndAugust 2019 and on Friday 23rdAugust 2019 respectively.
He said update of the National Voters’ Register is set from 12th-16thAugust 2019 in both districts starting at 8:00 am and end at 6:00pm.
“This exercise will enable Ugandan citizens of 18 years and above, who either reside or originate in parish within Hoima and Kaabong districts, and who have not had their photographs and bio-data taken before by the Electoral Commission for purposes of registration for elections, to do so. All registered voters who wish to transfer to new voting locations shall be able to do so during this update exercise,” Justice Byabakama noted.
“Display of Voters’ Registers and Issuance of Voting Location Slips: 28thAugust –6thSeptember 2019 The Electoral Commission has appointed 28th August to 6thSeptember 2019, as the period for display of the National Voters’ Register in Hoima and Kaabong districts. During the display, voters are urged to turn up in large numbers and check for the correctness of their particulars, and confirm that photographs appear against correct particulars .Voters are further urged to report to the display officer: the dead, the non-citizens, the under-aged, and those who belong to another Parish, so that they are removed from the Register,” he further explained.
Campaign meetings for candidates for District Woman Representative to Parliament and other local government positions shall be held for a period of twenty five, from 30thAugust to 24thSeptember 2019, Justice Byabakama noted.
Adding, “The campaign meetings or public rallies shall be conducted only within the stipulated time, that is, from 7:00am until 6:00pm on each of the campaign days. All candidates are urged to observe law and order during this exercise and to conduct their campaign meetings in accordance with the harmonized programme. Hate language will not be tolerated at all. Polling for elections of District Woman Representative to Parliament and other Lower Local Government Councils shall take place on Thursday,26thSeptember,2019 at all polling stations in Hoima and Kaabong districts, and (polling) shall start at 7:00am and close at 4:00pm.”
He invited people or organizations interested to observe the election to write to the commission not later than 13thSeptember 2019.
Justice Byabakama urges all stakeholders in Hoima and Kaabong districts to turn up in large numbers and participate in the electoral.