The instruction was given by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Local Government Ben Kumumanya through a circular to all Chief Administrative Officers and Town Clerks. In the circular, he asked the accounting officers to instruct all persons with political interests to adhere to election guidelines and Public Standing Orders.
Joyce Ssebugwawo the FDC Vice President for Buganda region says that they have directed leaders and supporters in Luweero to fill the vacant posts to ensure continuity of the party. Ssebugwawo says that they have also directed the district leadership to replace leaders who are no longer competent and recruit new members ahead of the general elections.
Steven Ndugga the LCI Chairman of Nakikota village says that the Luweero Sub County Youths Councillor Isma Nasur transported several people in taxi and were registered during exercise conducted at the parish.
The fears come just a day after the Electoral Commission embarked on a nationwide exercise to verify the particulars of voters on the National Voters’ Register and to identify all Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) in each village. This is in preparation for the 2020-2021 General Elections.
Shafik Ntege the Luweero District National Resistance Movement Administrative secretary and Godfrey Kaddu defended the amendment saying they will help to strengthen the parties and instill discipline in members.
Ronald Ndawula, the LC 5 Chairperson Luweero District has welcomed the exercise, saying overcrowded and distant polling stations had led to low voter turnout in past elections. He explains that some voters opt out of elections due to long distances and staying in queues for long.
Etomaru says this wrong because the observers relay news reports without verifying them. She says EC intends to organize a workshop to remind the observers their code of conduct and guidelines, saying those who behave to the contrary will be dealt with.
Joy Namulindwa, an aspirant for the Luweero District Woman parliamentary seat, says they commit no offense to consult and market themselves ahead of the general elections. Namulindwa asks police to ensure EC implements the roadmap rather than threatening aspirants.
Rogers Mulindwa, the Spokesperson of the NRM Party secretariat, says the exercise has delayed due to the busy schedule of the Party Chairperson, Yoweri Museveni who is engaged in tours to sensitize Uganda on the Operation Wealth programme.