EC Sets Date for Busia LCV Chairperson By-Election

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The Electoral has set November 28th as the date when by-election for Busia LCV chairperson will be held. Busia LCV seat fell vacant in May when court of appeal nullified election of Adea Ouma.

 The Electoral Commission has set November 28th as the date for the Busia LCV chairperson by-elections.

Simon Byabakama, the Electoral Commission chairperson said that during the by-election, the commission will also conduct elections for about 15 other lower local government councils that are vacant in the district. 

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Busia had 234 polling stations and 151,798 voters as of August 5th 2018. Byabakama says that the election will cost about 790 million shillings.  

The Busia LCV seat fell vacant in May when court of appeal nullified the election of Adea Ouma.

 According to the law, the electoral commission is mandated to hold by-elections for district chairperson in six months. The Busia by-election will, therefore, be held on the last day of the stipulated time.

Byabakama said the commission has scheduled a number of activities for the by-election. They include a stakeholder meeting with LCI chairpersons, district leaders and other interested parties such as political parties' representatives, security officials, and religious leaders among others.

He says that the meetings are meant to foster collaboration between the commission and interested parties during the by-election.  

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According to the roadmap, EC will conduct update of national voters register from 18th to 22nd October, display of voters register and issuance of voting location slip will be held from 6th to 14th November. 

Candidates will be nominated on 6th and 7th November at the Busia district headquarters.

Campaigns will be held for 18 days starting on 9th to 26th November ahead of the by-election on 28th November.

On the fate of the Citizens Coalition of Electoral Democracy in Uganda (CCEDU), Byabakama said they slated to have a meeting on 24th October.

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In July, the commission banned CCEDU for allegedly engaging in partisan activities that are outside the stipulated guidelines. 


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Blanshe Musinguzi
Musinguzi Blanshe is a politics-cum-business journalist. He joined Uganda Radio Network in February 2017. Previously, he worked at Daily Monitor and Red Pepper Publications Limited. He is keenly interested in data journalism.