FINALLY LC I ELECTIONS SET FOR NOVEMBER 21
By www.mknewslink.com reporter
The Electoral Commission (EC) has finally set November 21 for local council elections after more than 15 years of waiting.
Registered voters will elect village (Local Council 1) by lining up behind a candidate of their choice.
The exercise will last 30 minutes before the counting of votes to determine the winner.
On polling day, verification and assembly of voters will start at 7 am and end at 10 am. Between 10 am and 11am, EC officials will conduct voter education and brief voters on voting procedures by the village Election Official (presiding officer)
According to the releases circular from Electoral Commission, voting will start at 11am and end 30 minutes later.
Between 11:30 am and noon, electoral officials are expected to fill the Form EC10 and declare the chairperson-elect. From 12 pm to 4 pm, the chairperson-elect would nominate an executive committee which will be approved by the village council.
Campaigns will take place from November 17 to 20 while nominations are scheduled to take place from November 15 to 16, according to the EC programme.
EC will kick off the exercise with the recruitment of village election officials from October 11 to 14 with verification of the residents and compilation of village LC1 Voters Register expected to commence on October 26 to 30.
The verification of voters according to EC will start at 7 am and end at 6 pm on each of the appointed dates including weekends.
Aspirants are expected to pick nomination forms from the parish election official in which the village is located from October 24 to 31.
To be nominated, an aspirant must be a citizen of Uganda of 18 years and above, a resident of the village where he or she wants to stand and must be registered on the respective village council register.
No academic qualification shall be required for the election of the chairperson and no nomination fee shall be required.
EC Chairperson Simon Byabakama has urged Ugandans to embrace and participate in the exercise and has appealed to political parties to study the programme carefully given the elections will be held under the multiparty political dispensation.