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Nomination Fees Locked Potential Candidates Out of Politics in Karamoja

Candidates contesting for positions in Lower Local Council are required to pay 20,000 Shillings, those vying for district Council positions pay 50,000 Shillings, Municipal Councilors pay 50,000 Shillings while Members of Parliament pay three million Shillings for their nomination.

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Nomination fees remain a key stumbling block for persons seeking to contest for various political positions, creating a vacuum in some electoral areas, according to election officials.

Candidates contesting for positions in Lower Local Council are required to pay 20,000 Shillings, those vying for district Council positions pay 50,000 Shillings, Municipal Councilors pay 50,000 Shillings while Members of Parliament pay three million Shillings for their nomination.

Moroto District Elections Administrator Rose Lilly Loumo Lokuth says that a number of candidates notably on the Independent ticket struggled to pay for their nomination while others simply failed to pay the fees and could not be nominated.

In Moroto district, three positions for Parish Councilors remained vacant after the interested candidates failed to pay for nomination as required. The District Elections Administrator says that positions for Woman Councilors for Komarech, Lorikokwa and Lobur in Nadunget Sub County remained vacant when the candidates appeared for nomination on the cut off day without payslips for nomination.

Loumo says that women in particular have special challenges that may not favour them as women to contest in an election.

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The Deputy Mayor Moroto Municipal Council Mary Nachap acknowledges that paying nomination fees is indeed a challenge to many candidates especially women leaders in rural areas.

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Currently, the Electoral Commission is conducting residual elections across the country to fill the elective positions that remained vacant for various reasons. The Commission is also carrying out by-elections that should be concluded by the close of this year to fill positions for those who passed on.

According to the roadmap signed by the EC chairperson Simon Byabakama Mugenyi, the update of voters registers will be conducted from October 22-26. The display of the registers starts on November 8–17 followed by the nomination of candidates which will take place between November 29 and 30, ahead of elections to be held on December 15 and 16 for Special Interest Groups and Local Councils elections respectively.

In the Moroto district, the Electoral Commission will also conduct a by-election for a representative for Male Representative for older persons following the death of their representative Sam Okwi Akol who died in June just a month after being sworn into office.

In Kotido, residual elections will be conducted in 23 parishes and in 12 Sub Counties for Women Sub County Councilors, Special Interest Groups and 2 Directly Elected Councilors whose vacuum was created after the death of two councillors said the District Elections Administrator, Esther Immaculate Ajwang.

She says most of the interested candidates did not nominate on grounds that they could not afford to pay for nomination fees among other reasons.

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There has been public opinion that nomination fees for elective positions are increasingly becoming expensive to pay and many interested voters could fail to contest because of higher fees charged.

However, MPs and the government have defended the charges as just.

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