25/08/2016 Final Preparations for Parliamentary and Local Government Councils Elections in Newly-Created Districts

A.  Introduction

Dear esteemed members of the press, it is my privilege and pleasure to welcome you to this press briefing, at the Electoral Commission.

Today, the Commission will update the country on final preparations for Parliamentary and Local Government Councils Elections in the newly created districts of Kagadi, Kakumiro, Kibaale, Omoro and Rubanda.

B.  Nominated Candidates

Following the nomination exercise which commenced on 19th July 2016 and ended on 20th July 2016, seventy nine (79) candidates were successfully nominated to contest for Parliamentary and Local Government Councils Elections, including Councillors representing Special Interest Groups as indicated in the attached Schedule A. 

C.  Conclusion of Campaigns and Polling Date for Elections of Councillors Representing

      Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

Campaigns for elections of Councillors representing Special Interest Groups (SIGs) namely, Female and Male Councillor for Youths, Persons with Disability and Older Persons, ended yesterday, Thursday 24th August 2016, and polling is scheduled to take place tomorrow, Friday 26th August 2016.

The polling kit has been dispatched this morning.

The elections of SIGs Councillors shall be by secret ballot, using the members of each respective Electoral College.

D.  Conclusion of Campaigns and Polling Date for Parliamentary and Local Government

      Councils (LC 5) Elections

The campaign meetings for Parliamentary and Local Government Councils Elections (LC 5), which commenced on 1st August 2016, shall end on Saturday 27th August 2016, and polling will take place on Monday 29th August 2016.

Voting shall be by universal adult suffrage, and shall take place at all polling stations in the respective district, beginning at 7:00am till 4:00pm. Thereafter, counting of votes and announcing of results by the respective Presiding Officer shall take place.

Political parties and independent candidates are encouraged to appoint in writing and deploy their agents at polling stations in each respective district.

Please note that other than observing the exercise, candidates’ agents shall not be expected to interfere with the polling process.

The tallying of final results shall be conducted at the following designated tally centers in each respective district, and shall start as soon as the results are received from the respective polling stations. After tallying, the Returning Officer shall declare the final results of the election.

No.

District

Tally Center

1.

Kagadi

Kagadi District Community Hall

2.

Kakumiro

Bwanswa Community Hall

3.

Kibaale

Office of the Returning Officer

4.

Omoro

Office of the Returning Officer

5.

Rubanda

Lukiiko Hall, Rubanda

 

E.  Final Polling Register and Issuance of Voting Location Slips

The Electoral Commission has completed cleaning National Voters’ Register for the respective districts.

During the update of the National Voters’ Register, the Electoral Commission registered new voters in each of the above districts. The Commission will issue temporary Voting Location Slips (VLS) to these voters to help them conveniently locate their respective polling station on polling day.

The slips will be issued to the voters at issuing centers in each parish in the above districts, on Saturday 27 and Sunday 27th August 2016, starting at 8:00am until 5:00pm on each day. The Commission urges all new voters to collect their slips during the above period.

G.  Dispatch of Polling Materials

The Commission will dispatch the polling kits to the above districts starting Saturday 27th August 2016. Thereafter, there will be internal distribution of materials to all sub counties for eventual distribution to polling stations, to ensure that polling commences on time.

Designated candidates’ agents are advised to report to the Sub County offices before 6:00am on the morning of Monday 29th August 2016, and observe the dispatch of the polling kits to their respective polling stations.

H.  Election Observers and Candidates’ Agents

The Commission wishes to draw the attention of the political parties participating in this by-election to S.16 (1a) of the Electoral Commission (Amendment) Act, which provides for accreditation of representatives of political parties, civil society organisations and any other duly registered institution, to observe electoral activities. 

Accordingly, participating political parties and independent candidates have been permitted to deploy not more than five (5) observers per sub-county. These accredited observers will be required to limit their activity to the designated areas (sub county), and Police has been notified to enforce this regulation.  

The participating political parties and independent candidates have also submitted names of two (2) observers, who have been accredited for purposes of accessing the tally center in each respective district, and observing the tallying process.

The Commission has provided all those accredited with written clearance, relevant information and identification for the purpose of observing the by-elections.

Please note that media personnel will be required to present valid identification in order to access polling stations and the tally center.

Any individual found to be doing the duties of an observer or agent without due accreditation, will be prosecuted in accordance with the law.

I.  Query/Complaints Desk

The Electoral Commission has established a Query/Complaints Desk at each district headquarters for the purpose of receiving and handling any complaints that may arise during this election.

The Commission encourages each political party/independent candidate to appoint an official agent to sit with the (Commission) officials at this desk, to ease handling of any query and/or complaint that may arise.

Voters are also encouraged to use the following telephone numbers on the polling day, 29th August 2016, from 7:00am until 4:00pm, for any queries or complaint relating to the election in their respective district. 

No.

District

Telephone Number

1.

Kagadi

0392000854*

2.

Kakumiro

0392000853*

3.

Kibaale

0392745219*

4.

Omoro

0393280435*

5.

Rubanda

0393280446*

* Standard call charges will apply

The Commission has also established the following toll free lines at the Electoral Commission headquarters for use by members of the public to raise any matter relating to the polling day for necessary assistance: 0800110023/0800110022/0800778778/0800776776.

J.  Security arrangements

In accordance with the enabling electoral laws, it is the duty of the Uganda Police, to provide security during the electoral process, and they (Police) have provided assurance to that effect.

The Commission, therefore, urges candidates, their agents and supporters to desist from forming and deploying vigilante groups, also known as youth brigades or ‘kanyamas’ to protect their interests (votes and results) at the polling stations.

K.  Conclusion

The Commission would like to extend its appreciation to the candidates, their supporters and agents, and the Uganda Police, for the peaceful manner in which the campaigns have been conducted. We wish to call upon all stakeholders to maintain this good conduct so that there is smooth conclusion to this electoral programme.

Thank You

For God and my country,

Eng. Dr. Badru M. Kiggundu

Chairperson, Electoral Commission

Publishing Date: 
Thursday, August 25, 2016