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EC suspends women council elections roadmap

EC boss Justice Simon Byabakama. File Photo

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Electoral Commission has suspended the program for women council and committee elections due to lack of funds.

In February, the Electoral Commission issued a roadmap detailing the various activities to be conducted under the programme for elections of Women Councils and Committees from the village to the national level.

However, speaking at a consultative meeting in Gogonyo county, Pallisa district, the Electoral Commission chairperson Justice Simon Byabakama said that the Ministry of Finance informed the Commission that there are no funds for conducting the activities.

According to the roadmap, the nominations of candidates was scheduled to start next week.

Byabakama says that the commission will issue a new programme for the activities when the funds are availed.

By the time of cancellation, the Electoral Commission had finalized the compilation of the Village Women Residents’ Register and was conducting the display of the registers at each village/cell across the country.

On June 10, the Electoral Commission started to compile registers at the village level for women to participate in the women’s council elections. The four-year term of office of the current councils expires in August 2022.

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