EC: LC 1 Campaigns Premature

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EC spokesperson, Jotham Taremwa told URN in an interview today that the commission has not yet issued any guidelines nor appointed or gazetted dates for purposes of conducting the elections.

The Electoral Commission (EC) says individuals holding campaigns for the lower local council elections are doing so outside the institution's guidelines.

The LC 1 and LC 2 elections are scheduled to be held this month; however there is contention on funding, after the EC presented a 15.9 billion shillings budget, while Ministry of Finance says it will only allocate 10 billion shillings.
 
EC spokesperson, Jotham Taremwa told URN in an interview today that the commission has not yet issued any guidelines nor appointed or gazetted dates for purposes of conducting the elections.
 
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Campaigns for the LC positions are currently ongoing in different parts of the country, with different candidates fronting themselves for the positions that were last contested for in 2001.
 
This as Parliament's committee on Public Service and Local Government considers the Local Government Act to change modalities for the elections, including reducing the number of campaign days from seven to one day and the number of days for display of the voters' register from 21 to two days.
 
Taremwa states that with the recently appointed commissioners yet to be sworn in, the programme cannot be implemented without their approval.  
 
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Some political parties like opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) have already kicked off mobilisation of their members in the 57,842 villages.
 
FDC Secretary General, Nathan Nandala Mafabi however says the party will not inject resources in the campaigns.
 
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National Resistance Movement (NRM) Electoral Commission chairman, Dr. Tanga Odoi told URN on phone that the party is currently working on its programme for the elections.
 
A source within the Uganda People's Congress (UPC) says the party has not yet finalised its programmes and plan for candidates due to lack of finances.

Communication from the Clerk to Parliament, Jane Kibirige, states that Parliament will convene next week on Tuesday to consider, among other issues, the amendments to the Act.

 

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Olive Eyotaru
Olive Eyotaru is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Eyotaru has been a URN staff member since February 2015.

Eyotaru started practising journalism while still studying at Uganda Christian University. She was a reporter with Ultimate Media Consult Ltd between 2005 and 2007.

In 2009, Eyotaru joined Monitor Publications Limited, under KFM Radio as a parliamentary and business reporter. Consequently, Eyotaru started writing for the Daily Monitor newspaper until January 2015, when she moved to URN.

She is interested in reporting about politics, health, human rights, business and sports.