Govt announces public holiday for LC One elections as candidates are nominated

The Electoral Commission led by chairman Justice Simon Mugenyi Byabakama (second right) addresses the press recently. The Electoral Commission-with the mandate from the government – has gazzetted July 10 as a public holiday to permit the commencement of the highly anticipated LC 2 Elections.(FILE PHOTO)

KAMPALA – Government has declared Tuesday, July 10 a public day to enable Ugandans participate in Local Council One elections.

In a July 3 letter from Catherine Bitarakwate, the Permanent secretary Ministry of Public Service, she asks her counterpart in the ministry of ICT and National Guidance to relay the information to the public by UBC, the state broadcaster.

“The Honorable minister of Public Service informs the general public that Tuesday 10 July will be observed as a public holiday throughout Uganda to enable all Ugandans participate in the Local council elections to be conducted by the electoral commission,” reads the letter that is also copied to the PS, Office of the Prime Minister and the Executive Director Uganda Media Centre.

The announcement came as nominations of LC One candidates, which started on Wednesday, ends today, Thursday.

According to Mr Jotham Taremwa, the EC spokesperson, nominations will end on Thursday to pave way for campaigns on July 6-9.

“We have 60,800 villages and the total budget including women councils was about Shs15b,” he said.

Several candidates around Kampala were seen heading to different venues to legalise their candidature. Some of the candidates were accompanied by their supporters who waved their posters amidst cheers and music which thundered from the music system they moved with.





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