Local Councils Lacking Registers

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.
14 Jul 2019 14:53

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A section of LCI Chairpersons have attributed absence of village registers to under funding from the government.

In the previous years, the local council chairpersons in Kampala have been earning 10,000  shillings per month but effective this financial year, 2019/2020 they will be paid 30,000 shillings according to Charles Ouma the Director Legal Affairs at the Kampala Capital City Authority. 

However, the Chairpersons still argue that it is insufficient to cater for their roles including keeping records of residents. 

Bassane Yekoson Ogero the LC1 Chairperson for Central Zone Kamwokya II Parish, says due to under funding, they only carry out registration when the Electoral Commission is registering voters.

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He notes that registration of residents was last done towards the local council elections last year.

Ogero adds that they used to go door to door registration but after finding difficulties with some residents, they left the task to landlords to register the tenants.

In 2018, the lawyer of the Electoral Commission Eric Sabiiti said that more than 100 local council election petitions that ended up in court had issues to do with voter registration.

Sabiiti says that most of the petitioners complained that their voters had not been registered in the village register.

Mastullah Nakisozi the Secretary Kisalosalo zone in Kyebando Kampala says that their village has over 8,000 members and they have since tasked the Security Committee to register residents.

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James Ssemalulu Sande the Secretary for Bakery Zone in Mulago 2 Parish Katale Zone in Kawempe Division says they have over 800 residents and the rules in that area require all new residents to appear to the Chairperson for registration.

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Last month, High Court Judge Tadeo Asiimwe ordered the Local Council of Sekanyonyi Zone in Mpererwe in Kampala District to furnish court with registers of residents who have lived in that area for four years. 

Asiimwe wanted the registers for easy determination of Lusanja land in Sekanyonyi which is claimed by businessman Medard Kiconco and 148 others who say are the bonafide occupants of the contentious land.

This followed a Testimony by the Sekanyonyi Zone Chairperson Henry Ssejjemba who said that majority of the people claiming ownership of the land in question are non-residents in the area.

According to records from the Electoral Commission, there are 57,842 villages in the country.