In 2018, the lawyer of the Electoral Commission Eric Sabiiti told URN that more than 100 local council general election petitions that ended up in court most of them had issues to do with voter registration.
Most of the chaos stemmed from the absence of names on the village registers, a different record from the National Voters Register. All persons whose names did not appear on the register were turned away, triggering fights.
The verification exercise, in parts of Kyebando, Kanyanya and Bwaise in Kawempe Division were taken over by agents of the various candidates, who plainly determined who should have access to the polling stations.
Peterson Ntale Kikofiira, the FDC candidate in Lungujja Zone 8, faulted Electoral Commission officials for arriving late and working closely with specific candidates. Other locals said that they did not have enough security to protect them from voter bribery and vote rigging. They demanded that the polls be postponed.
Mayiga observed that several contenders for Local Council I positions have invested millions of shillings to sustain a campaign for positions that are ideally voluntary and not known to have any meaningful gain.
Simon Byakatonda, a resident of Ganda, says those who saw the body of the deceased, said it had all signs showing that he might have died of poisoning. He says it is this that enraged residents prompting them to turn rowdy.
Andrew Nkwasibwe, the Kamihungye NRM village chairperson is running as an independent against the official NRM candidate, Henry Rukandema. In Kiriba village, the NRM village chairperson, Julius Karibwije is challenging the official NRM candidate, Silver Mugabe.
Addressing journalists at the Uganda Media Center today, Local Government Minister Tom Butime highlighted the importance of citizens participation in the Local Council elections stressing that this is to cure constitutional and administrative challenges the country has been facing at the grass roots.
Rwakafuzi says lining up for elections was first used by the National Resistance Army NRA government for the election of resistance councils but says the system is no longer applicable since it isnt in tandem with the constitution.
The petition was filed by the Foundation for Human Rights Initiative FHRI and Legal Aid Service Providers Network Uganda on 31 October 2017. They argue that sections of the law that provide for lining up behind a nominated candidate, their representative, portraits or a symbol contravene the constituti
In her response, Kadaga said there is urgent need to address the leadership vacuum at village level. She defended the decision to conduct the polls by lining up, saying there will be ample security for the voters.
Vice President Edward Sekandi and NRM Parliamentary Caucus Vice Chairperson Solomon Silwany today convened a meeting of the NRM parliamentary caucus to convince MPs to mobilize support for the partys local council candidates in their constituencies.
Charles Peter Mayiga mentions land conflicts, theft of crops and animals, abuse of drugs and alcohol, especially within the youths as some of the problems exacerbated by the absence of functioning local leadership.