News & Up­dates:

Gov­ern­ment has an­nounced that it has set Jan­u­ary 2017 as the dead­line to hold lower ad­min­is­tra­tive unit elec­tions.

Fol­low­ing con­sul­ta­tions be­tween the min­istries of Fi­nance, Jus­tice, Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment and Gen­der, it was agreed that the LC 1 and LC 2 elec­tions are held next year to put an end to spec­u­la­tion on the fate of the polls.

The last LC 1 and 2 elec­tions were held in 2006, how­ever a Con­sti­tu­tional Court rul­ing de­clared them un­con­sti­tu­tional af­ter re­tired Ma­jor Rubaramira Ru­ranga chal­lenged their le­gal­ity, on grounds that they were or­ga­nized us­ing laws that did not con­form to the mul­ti­party sys­tem of gov­ern­ment.

Dur­ing a meet­ing be­tween the min­istries and Par­lia­men­t’s Pub­lic Ser­vice and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment com­mit­tee on 7th Oc­to­ber 2016, State Min­is­ter of Fi­nance, David Ba­hati ex­plained that the stake­hold­ers agreed to hold the polls and will spend Ugx 12 bil­lion on the ex­er­cise.

Ba­hati how­ever says amend­ments have to be made on the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Act to al­low for pro­grams like dis­play of voter reg­is­ter, clean­ing of the voter reg­is­ter, de­mar­ca­tion of bound­aries, voter ed­u­ca­tion, among oth­ers, to be held in one day.

The min­is­ter says cab­i­net will sit this month to draft the amend­ments to Par­lia­ment.

While Par­lia­ment broke off for re­cess on Thurs­day, Raphael Magyezi, com­mit­tee chair­man, said if gov­ern­ment com­mits to work­ing on the amend­ments, Par­lia­ment can be re­called to han­dle the amend­ments so that by De­cem­ber 2016, prepa­ra­tions for the elec­tions can kick off.