Karamoja had 1,996 villages, 52 sub-counties, 19 constituencies and seven districts during the 2016 general election. However, the region now has more than 2,000 villages, 102 sub-counties including town councils, 21 constituencies and nine districts.
The number of sub-counties in Karamoja sub-region has almost doubled ahead of the 2021 general elections. This is a result of the ongoing demarcation of electoral areas, by the Electoral Commission.
Karamoja had 1,996 villages, 52 sub counties, 19 constituencies and seven districts during the 2016 general election. However, the region now has more than 2,000 villages, 102 sub counties including town councils, 21 constituencies and nine districts.
The new districts in the region are Nabilatuk, which became operational in July 2018 and Karenga which became operational in July 2019. Most of the districts in Karamoja asked for new sub counties to cater for the growing population in the new resettlements.
Currently, Kotido district has the highest number of sub counties standing at 19, followed by Kaabong with 17 and Napak with 14. Amudat now has 10 sub counties, Abim has 12, while Moroto, Nakapiripirit and Karenga have eight sub counties each. With only six sub counties in its jurisdiction, Nabilatuk has the least number.
The expansion now adds up the numbers in district councils across Karamoja to 291 and 21 MPs against the general population of about 1.2 million people.
Linos Okori Lima, the Regional Elections Officer for Karamoja says that the voting population of the region has grown at the rate of 5 per cent in every general election. He explains that the commission has already recruited staff in all the 534 parishes to take care of the expansions in the region.
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The Electoral Commission commenced field demarcation of Electoral Areas and Reorganization of Polling Stations on September 2, an exercise which is expected to close on September 14, 2019.