EC Seeks Ugx 7 Billion for Polls in New Districts

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In short
The districts are Namisindwa to be carved out of Manafwa, Pakwach from Nebbi, Butebo from Pallisa, Rukiga from Kabale, Kyotera from Rakai and Bunyangabu from Kabarole District. They are part of 21 new districts created in the run up to the 2016 general election whose operationalization however was phased due to financial constraints.

The Electoral Commission is pleading for the provision of 7 billion Shillings required to organize elections in the six new districts whose operations start on July 1, 2017. 

The districts are Namisindwa to be carved out of Manafwa, Pakwach from Nebbi, Butebo from Pallisa, Rukiga from Kabale, Kyotera from Rakai and Bunyangabu from Kabarole District. They are part of 21 new districts created in the run up to the 2016 general election whose operationalization however was phased due to financial constraints.

The districts will be electing a Women Members of Parliament, District chairmen and councilors. The electoral law requires that all leaders must be elected within two months of the operation of the district.

However, the commission is yet to secure funding for the polls. EC Chairman Simon Byabakama says that the absence of funding could delay elections in the new districts, subsequently depriving citizens of a voice, political representation and services.
 
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According to Secretary Electoral commission Sam Rwakoojo, The Electoral Commission had proposed 122 billion Shillings as its budget, however only 58 billion has been approved for activities during the financial year 2017/2018. The 7 billion meant for elections is listed among unfunded priorities.

He says the commission should not be seen to be failing in its mandate simply because money cannot be provided for it.

Also to start in financial year 2017/18 is six town councils which never took off in the current financial year due to lack of planning data and demarcation conflicts. The new town councils are Buwangani, Buyinza, Rubuguri, Buheesi, Kyankwanzi and Rubanda.

 

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Alex Otto
“Journalism that changes lives is my goal,” Alex Otto has said on more than one occasion. That is his career’s guiding principle. Has been since he was a radio journalist in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu in 2009.

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A URN staff member since 2014, Otto previously worked with The Observer Newspaper from 2012 to 2013 and later the Institute for War and Peace Reporting IWPR based in Gulu.

He was the URN Gulu bureau chief 2014-2016.