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UPC wants voters' verification for LC elections extended

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Added 21st June 2018 10:36 AM

The party also welcomed the idea of having civil servants coming on board to contest for these electoral positions stating that it is their right as citizens.

UPC wants voters' verification for LC elections extended

The party also welcomed the idea of having civil servants coming on board to contest for these electoral positions stating that it is their right as citizens.

PIC: UPC spokesperson, Michael Osinde addresing a congregation. (File photo)
 
ELECTIONS
 
KAMPALA - The Uganda People's Congress (UPC), has called on the Electoral Commission (EC), to consider extending the voter verification exercise for the forthcoming Local Council elections scheduled for next month.
 
This follows the recent electoral roadmap issued by the Electoral Commission where verification of voters' registers commences next week, to allow those who have registered to cross check if their names appear on the list, with correct details.
 
The exercise that has been postponed numerous times has now been slated for July according to EC roadmap.
 
The elections for village councils (LC1) will be carried out on July 10 while the Parish (LC3) Councils will be conducted on July 27.
 
The party argues that an addition of three more days would allow all those intending to participate register so as not to miss out in the voting exercise, especially the ‘working class category' who may not easily have the time.
 
"These elections are important we have been waiting for them for the last seventeen years, so two days is too little.
 
"So, in our considered opinion, we think Electoral Commission should extend the display period to enable the interested parties who are answerable to their employers to have time to verify their residential register," said Michael Osinde, the UPC spokesperson.
 
"This will also help avoid manipulation and rigging of the elections. If we are planning to have a free and fair election, then this timing is not enough," Osinde argued.
 
Osinde made the remarks on Wednesday as he addressed journalists during the weekly press briefing at the party headquarters at Uganda House, Kampala.
 
The party also welcomed the idea of having civil servants coming on board to contest for these electoral positions stating that it is their right as citizens.
 
It should however be noted that some opposition groups such as the Democratic Party (DP) were opposed to this; arguing that the civil servants will definitely be partisan which is against the law.
 
The EC boss, Justice Simon Byabakama, in the new guidelines stated that civil servants are also free to take part in the elections but on condition that they register as independent candidates since the law does not allow them to participate in political party activities.
 
Osinde also revealed that the party had concluded its nomination exercise and has over 15000 candidates for the various posts countrywide.
 
He therefore called upon all party leaders to take the programme seriously since it's in line with the party president's (Jimmy Akena) commitment to strengthen the party's firm foundation through grass root mobilisation.
 
The party believes that this will help them prepare for the prospective general elections where they will by all means front a presidential candidate.
 
 

 

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