Civil Servants allowed to contest in LC1 elections

By Norah Mukimba

The exercise, which has been postponed numerous times, has now been slated for late July, according to the EC chairperson, Justice Simon Byabakama.

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PIC: For one to contest, one should be in position to present their national Identification Cards, have proof of age and citizenship. (File photo)
KAMPALA - The Electoral Commission on Tuesday unveiled the full programme that will be followed in the process of electing Village and Parish administrative units, women committees at various administrative levels that will be held in July.
The exercise, which has been postponed numerous times, has now been slated for late July, according to the EC Chairperson, Justice Simon Byabakama.
The EC boss announced that elections for the Village Councils (LC1) will take place on Tuesday July 10th 2018, whereas, the Parish (LCII Councils will be elected on Friday, July 27.
While addressing the press at the EC offices on Tuesday, Byabakama revealed that a total of 1138 new villages have been received by the Commission and added to the list of existing villages.
“This means that residents in these new villages, who had registered in the old villages and those who could have transferred residence are advised to register in their current residence,” he said.
Starting June22, the Commission will kick off the process of verifying residents and updating the LCI Register which will be on for four days starting from 7:00 am to 6:00pm every day.
“Persons who registered during the exercise conducted in October 2017 and were successfully verified as residents will not be required to register again during this compilation or update exercise,” stated Byabakama.
Among the requirements is a national ID, proof of age and citizenship.
Civil Servants wishing to be elected on the village councils are encouraged to participate, provided that they register as independent candidates, since the law doesn’t allow them to participate in political party activities and no academic qualifications will be required for candidates vying for the 9 LC committee posts.
However, nominations for the LC 1 elections have been scheduled for July 4-5, 2018 at the Parish Headquarters and campaigns for LC 1 will take place from to July 6-7, from 7:00am to 6:00pm in the evening.
The Village elections will be conducted by way of lining behind the nominated candidates or their representatives or their symbols.
He further stated that the nominations for the LC 2 (Parish) are scheduled for 24 July and the elections will be held on July 29.
Election of the five members of the Village Women Committees will take place on July 3, whereas the parish women committees will be elected on July 23.
The election of the Sub County, Town, Municipal, Division Women Committees is scheduled for August 3  while the District Women Committees will be conducted on August 13.