THE Electoral Commission (EC) has written to the Ministry of Public Service requesting the Government to declare February 23 a public holiday.
â€œWe are waiting for a response,â€ EC deputy public relations officer Moses Watasa said on Thursday.
When contacted, the Second Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Service, Henry Kajura, said he was in a meeting.
Uganda will next Thursday hold presidential, parliamentary elections and elections for woman MPs. This will be the first election under a multiparty political system after 20 years under the Movement system.
Thirty-three million ballot papers were flown in from South Africa and the UK. Watasa said campaigns end on February 21 at midnight.
â€œThe campaigns end 48 hours before elections,â€ he said.
He said dispatch of election material would start this weekend. He said the commission was working on the registers that would be put in the kits and urged voters to turn up early to vote.
EC asks for public holiday for elections