Electoral Commission has ruled out the possibility of conducting elections for the interim Kwania district LC V chairperson. This follows two failed attempts by the Electoral Commission to conduct polls for the interim Kwania district leadership due to lack of quorum.
Kwania became operational on July 1, 2018 after being curved out of Apac district. It is comprised of Chawente, Abongomola, Nambyeiso, Inomo, Aduku sub-counties and Aduku town council.
Section 182 (2) of the Local Government Act, requires that two-thirds of the members of the council participate in the polls. Kwania district council is comprised of eleven councilors.
However, only six of the 11 councilors turned up during the first attempt to hold the interim polls two weeks ago. At least eight councilors are required to make quorum. On Monday last week, the Commission organised fresh polls, which were boycotted by ten councilors for unknown reasons.
Jimmy Musimbi, the Apac District Returning Officer, says they have given up on the interim polls and will now focus on the main elections.
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Tony Ayo, the Kwania County Member of Parliament has welcomed the Commission decision, saying the main election will give residents an opportunity to elect their leaders.
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Basil Okello Onac, the Aduku Sub County LC V Councilor who had offered himself for election has also welcomed the decision by the Electoral Commission to hold the main election. Okello says the main elections will help the impasse among councilors.
He however, couldn't reveal whether or not he will offer himself for election in the main polls. The other councilor eyeing the LC V chairperson's seat is Emmanuel Okello Ecun. Jonathan Taremwa, the Electoral Commission said they are working on the program.
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The other districts that became operational this financial year include Nabilatuk, Bugweri, Kasanda, Kapelebyong and Kikuube.