The Chairperson of the Electoral Commission Justice Simon Byabakama told the MPs that the preparations will be done in three phases. He explained that some of the activities include demarcation of electoral areas and reorganise polling stations, procuring specialised materials and ICT equipment, replacement of some district motor vehicles and comprehensive voter education.
The Deputy NRM Electoral Commission Chairperson, Dr. John Arimpa Kigyagi, told URN about Shillings 920million is needed to conclude the entire process. He says that money is needed to print ballot papers, purchase ballot boxes, and cater for transport and the human resource.
The deceased, 75-year-old David Kizza had also been the area chairperson for more than 30 years. He collapsed and died on July 8 shortly after a long day of campaigning. The renowned member of National Resistance Movement-NRM party had contested as an independent candidate in the race which attracted five candidates.
Osupelem, a member of the opposition Forum for Democratic Change- FDC party filed an application on June 19, 2018, after the Electoral Commission nullified her nomination, saying the names on her nomination papers did not match those on her academic documents.
The Electoral Commissioner Lawyer, Hamid Lugoloobi arrived after Justice Sekana had adjourned court. Achola ran to court on June 19th 2018 after Electoral Commission nullified her nomination, saying the names on her nomination papers dont correspond to those on her academic papers.
The voters have decried the ease with which candidates in some places forged voting slips and ferried voters from neighbouring villages to vote in places away from their residences. They are equally upset that many of them learnt about the village voters register on polling day.
Jude Mbabaali, lawyer who also doubles as the Masaka District Chairpersons says due to the fact that the right of Public Officers to contest in LC1 and LC2 elections without resigning their offices was removed by Section 1 of the Local Government Amendments Act No.2 2006, which deleted Section 1166 b Mutebi could not be elected.
Some of the leaders URN spoke to said that although they have residences in Kampala where they spend most of their time, they opted for the village registers in their constituencies in order to support the people who voted for them.
In his letter to CCEDU, the Electoral Commission Chairperson, Justice Simon Byabakama Mugyenyi, says they have resolved to suspend CCEDU as partners in disseminating voter education messages and as an election observer for being partisan.
By the closure of the nomination exercise by the Electoral Commission on Wednesday evening, out the 46 newly created positions; DP only managed to front nine candidates while FDC nominated only four, against 43 independents and 56 from the NRM camp.