According to the notice dated August 14, all aspirants for Parliamentary Seats are supposed to pay 100,000 Shillings, aspirants for all district seats, and LC III leadership seats are expected to pay 50,000 Shillings, while Town Councilors will pay 30,000 Shillings. Billboards will separately be charged a fee ranging between 30,000 and 50,000 Shillings each, depending on their sizes.
A random survey conducted in Luweero, Wobulenzi town councils and Butuntumula sub-county indicated that there was no election activity at the villages on Friday. Several NRM Village Chairpersons and Special Interest Group voters told URN that they were not aware of the exercise.
The instruction was given by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Local Government Ben Kumumanya through a circular to all Chief Administrative Officers and Town Clerks. In the circular, he asked the accounting officers to instruct all persons with political interests to adhere to election guidelines and Public Standing Orders.
Joyce Ssebugwawo the FDC Vice President for Buganda region says that they have directed leaders and supporters in Luweero to fill the vacant posts to ensure continuity of the party. Ssebugwawo says that they have also directed the district leadership to replace leaders who are no longer competent and recruit new members ahead of the general elections.
Steven Ndugga the LCI Chairman of Nakikota village says that the Luweero Sub County Youths Councillor Isma Nasur transported several people in taxi and were registered during exercise conducted at the parish.
The fears come just a day after the Electoral Commission embarked on a nationwide exercise to verify the particulars of voters on the National Voters’ Register and to identify all Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) in each village. This is in preparation for the 2020-2021 General Elections.
Shafik Ntege the Luweero District National Resistance Movement Administrative secretary and Godfrey Kaddu defended the amendment saying they will help to strengthen the parties and instill discipline in members.
Ronald Ndawula, the LC 5 Chairperson Luweero District has welcomed the exercise, saying overcrowded and distant polling stations had led to low voter turnout in past elections. He explains that some voters opt out of elections due to long distances and staying in queues for long.
Etomaru says this wrong because the observers relay news reports without verifying them. She says EC intends to organize a workshop to remind the observers their code of conduct and guidelines, saying those who behave to the contrary will be dealt with.
Joy Namulindwa, an aspirant for the Luweero District Woman parliamentary seat, says they commit no offense to consult and market themselves ahead of the general elections. Namulindwa asks police to ensure EC implements the roadmap rather than threatening aspirants.
Rogers Mulindwa, the Spokesperson of the NRM Party secretariat, says the exercise has delayed due to the busy schedule of the Party Chairperson, Yoweri Museveni who is engaged in tours to sensitize Uganda on the Operation Wealth programme.
The Aspirants include former legislator Brenda Nabukenya and Rebecca Nalwanga, Councilors Joy Namulindwa and Aisha Kayaga, the District Secretary for Education Zenar Merycillar Ali, one Prossy Najjuka and businesswoman Cissy Mulondo.
The voters turned rowdy moments after Kabugo declared Christopher Ssempijja as the winner of the race which had attracted three candidates. Ssempijja was contesting against Ronald Mutebi and Mike Kasule.
In a survey conducted by URN in Luweero town on Monday, between 10-100 residents managed to register for the village polls per village. Some of the villages visited included Binyonyi, Kavule, Galuweero, Kizito and Lumu zones among others.
In February this year, all party district officials were sacked as part of a restructuring exercise aimed at formalizing operations of human resource. The district party offices initially had an Administrative secretary, a registrar and an Office Attendant.
Bernard Ssenyonjo, a Lay leader from Kalungi Church of Uganda in Nakasongola, said he took oath to only serve God and doesnt want to pay allegiance to earthly leaders, saying he will skip the elections.