KAMPALA – Nominations for local government council elections that were slated to kick-start on 7th September have been postponed to 21st September, the Electoral Commission (EC) has announced.
EC chairman Justice Simon Byabakama said the postponement is intended to allow the Electoral Commission Uganda revise the demarcation of some electoral areas in the recently created cities, a district and constituencies.
Parliament recently created 46 new counties, 10 cities ,1 new district and 5 parliamentary seats for the elderly.
The EC is also buying time to deal with the Constitutional provision on the resignation of civil servants to take part in elections for newly created constituencies.
The Constitution and Parliamentary Elections Act require an civil servant seeking an elective political position to resigned his public service job at least three months before his party’s primaries.
But some civil servants contend that the EC has technically locked them out of the race and denied them right to contest for leadership. They say the new constituencies came into force last month and they could not have resigned their civil service jobs earlier to contest for seats which had not yet been created.