The Uganda Electoral Commission has held a briefing on the progress of the implementation of the Roadmap for the 2020/2021 General Elections at its headquarters.
The Chairperson of the Electoral Commission Justice Simon Byabakama has said the commission concluded the conduct of elections for Special Interest Groups (SIGs) Committees from the Village to the Sub County level. The electoral process is progressive and the next levels will be conducted as planned in the roadmap.
a. The nomination of Municipality and City Division SIG Committees Candidates (Older Persons, Persons With Disabilities, Youth): 21st – 22nd September 2020.
b. Conduct of Municipality & City Division SIG Committees Candidates’ Campaigns: 23rd – 24th September, 2020
c. Polling for Municipality and City Division OP Committees: 25th September, 2020
d. Polling for Municipality and City Division PWD Committees: 28th September, 2020
e. Polling for Municipality and City Division Youth Committees: 30th September, 2020
As the SIGs elections on other levels progress, the Commission reiterates that the health and safety of the voters, candidates, elections staff and other stakeholders should be the most important consideration during the electoral process, Justice Byabakama said.
All stakeholders should, therefore, carefully observe the Standard Operating Procedures that have been developed to guide the conduct of electoral activities under the COVID 19 environment, he added.
The Electoral Commission has also appointed 21st September to 1st October 2020, as the dates for the nomination of candidates for Local Government Councils Elections 2021.
The nomination of candidates shall take place at the identified venues during weekdays, beginning at 9.00 a.m. and ending at 5:00 pm on each of the appointed dates.
- District/City Chairperson and District/City Councillor: 21st Sept –1st Oct 2020 at the respective District Headquarters.
- Municipality/City Division Chairperson and Municipality/City Division Councillor: 21st Sept –1st Oct 2020 at the respective District Headquarters.
- Sub County/Town/Mun. Div. Chairperson and Sub County/Town/Mun. Div. Councillor, from 21st Sept – 1st Oct 2020 at respective County Headquarters.
Justice Byabakama has also assured the candidates that the nomination exercise will be followed by a campaign period leading to the polling days for the various elective positions, during the period January 10th – February 8th 2020.
All persons aspiring to contest in the elections have been urged to familiarize themselves with the requirements for nomination for each elective position, as outlined in the Guidelines issued by the Electoral Commission to participate effectively in the forthcoming elections.