By Max Patrick Ocaido
KAMPALA. The Electoral Commission (EC) has released the electoral programme for by-election of District Chairperson and other Lower Local Government Councils in Busia District.
The Busia District Chairperson seat fell vacant following court nullification of the results of the 2016 Local Government elections.
While addressing a press conference on Thursday, EC Chairperson Justice Simon Byabakama said that the programme will commence with an update of the National Voters’ Register from 18th to 22nd October 2018, at update stations in each of the sixty eight (68) parishes/wards in Busia District.
“The Commission has appointed Monday 22nd October 2018 as the cut-off date for registration of voters in the District. Registration and transfer of voters from one polling station to another within Busia District will not be conducted after this date,” he said.
According to EC, the display of the National Voters’ Register will be conducted from 6th to 14th November 2018, at all the two hundred and thirty four (234) polling stations in Busia District.
The nomination of candidates will be conducted for a period of two days, Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th November 2018 at Busia District Headquarters.
Candidates’ campaign meetings shall be held from 9th to 26th November 2018.
Polling for elections of Special Interest Groups (SIGs) shall take place on Tuesday 27th November 2018 and shall be by secret ballot by electoral college at the respective sub county/town headquarters. The polling shall start at 7:00am and close at 4:00pm.
Polling for elections of District Chairperson and other Lower Local Government Councils shall take place on Wednesday 28th November 2018 at all polling stations in Busia District.
Justice Byabakama also announced that during the electoral process, no fundraising activities shall be allowed in Busia District.
“The purpose of this ban is to allow a leveled ground for candidates in the race. For avoidance of doubt, this ban takes effect from Monday, 22 October 2018, which is the cut-off date for registration of voters and transfer of voting location in Busia district and will continue until polling day,” Byabakama said.
Accordingly, the Commission invites written expression of interest from political parties, individuals and duly registered organizations and institutions who wish to observe the said processes.