The Opposition cabinet has given a 30-day ultimatum to the government to organize Local Council (LCI and LCII) elections.
This follows the expiration of the terms of office for LCI and II chairpersons on July 10.
Addressing the media at parliament this morning, the shadow cabinet led by the shadow minister for local government and Wakiso District Woman MP, Ethel Naluyima, said village and parish chairpersons play a vital role in society, so their offices cannot stay vacant for long.
Additionally, the vacuum will affect security and paralyze many economic activities, especially in real estate, where land transitions require an LC1 stamp.
The Electoral Commission failed to organize the elections this month due to a lack of funds. It had requested Shs90 billion for the elections, but the finance ministry only provided Shs36 billion.
“How can they fail to get the money? This is a country that runs a political budget full of financial indiscipline; if in the first quarter releases, they have released beyond and above what they had planned in the budget, so how can you inform Ugandans that we don’t have money? We have the money, and they will improvise and have it,” said
Brenda Nabukenya, a shadow minister for Education who doubles as Luweero Woman MP, has threatened to mobilize Ugandans to protest the government’s delay in providing funds to the Electoral Commission to organize Local Council elections.
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