EC Extends Nomination Dates For LC Elections
The Electoral Commission has Friday announced extension of the nomination dates for the local council elections, to allow time for the demarcation of the recently created constituencies.
Government this year alone has created a total of 46 new Counties, 10 new cities, 1 new district and 5 Parliamentary seats for Older Persons.
All these were created after the Electoral Commission put out the revised Roadmap for next year’s elections.
As such, Justice Simon Byabakama the Commission Chairman says they have had to make a number of changes to accommodate the new constituencies in the coming election.
Part of the changes, he said, is the extension of the period for nomination of candidates for Local Government Council Elections, from the earlier dates of 7th – 17th September 2020, to new dates of 21st September – 1st October 2020.
“For purposes of absorbing the above new creations into the General Elections 2020/2021, the Electoral Commission has had to make revisions to the electoral Roadmap to provide for the demarcation of Local Government Electoral Areas and Re-organisation of Polling Stations in the affected parishes/wards in the 168 new Town Councils and Sub Counties located in various parts of Uganda,” Byabakama told press.
“The purpose for demarcation of Local Government Electoral Areas is to clearly define the areas of representation for Directly Elected Councillors and Women Councillors.”
The demarcation process, he said is expected to be concluded by 3rd September 2020.