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Karamoja Youth Want Electoral Colleges Abolished

Esther Nakolong, a youth from Kotido district says electoral colleges limit the participation of both the electorate and the candidates.
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A section of the youth in Karamoja is asking for the abolition of electoral colleges in the youth elections.

The National Youth Council Act, 1993 states that youth leaders shall be elected by representatives, which constitutes about one per cent of the total number of youth.

However, Article 59(1) of the Constitution indicates that every citizen of Uganda of 18 years and above has a right to vote.

Esther Nakolong, a youth from Kotido district says electoral colleges limit the participation of both the electorate and the candidates. She observes that while the elected youth leaders are required to represent all the youth, their mandate is sometimes questionable by some youth who feel they never participated in their election.

Nakolong adds that electoral colleges have kept the youth offices dormant since some of the occupants elected fear to interface with the youth.

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Prisca Adome, the former female youth councillor for Moroto Municipality says electoral colleges are expensive since they involve heavy costs for facilitation of delegates. Adome explains that she failed to make it the district council in 2016 after running short of money for transporting delegates from Tapac Sub County.

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While in Karamoja last week, Crispy Kaheru, the Coordinator, Citizens' Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda (CCEDU) notes that it is time for all Ugandans to join hands in advocating for electoral reforms.

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In August 2017, on International Youth Day in Bundibugyo, Rosa Malango, the United Nations-UN Resident Coordinator called for more youth inclusiveness through direct youth election in order to achieve sustainable development goals in Uganda.

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