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Amuru District in Dilemma over New Sub Counties

Thompson Obong, the Chief Administrative officer Amuru district says they recently received a budget execution circular from the Ministry of Finance halting the operationalization of the newly created lower local governments due to the lack of finances, yet the EC has gone ahead to gazette new electoral positions for there for the 2021 elections.

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Amuru district is stuck in a financial dilemma; with no budget to operationalize the seven newly created Sub Counties and Town Councils yet the Electoral Commission is going ahead to arrange and run elections in them.

Last year, the Ministry of Local government approved the creation of Pogo, Opara, Lakang, Guru guru Sub Counties and Elegu, Atiak and Pabo town councils in the current financial year.  The Electoral Commission has gazetted various electoral positions ahead of the forthcoming 2021 general elections in the new electoral areas.

Thompson Obong, the Chief Administrative officer Amuru district says they recently received a budget execution circular from the Ministry of Finance halting the operationalization of the newly created lower local governments due to the lack of finances, yet the EC has gone ahead to gazette new electoral positions for there for the 2021 elections.

According to Obong, they are lost over what should be done saying the EC has gone ahead and gazetted various elective positions in the new lower local governments.

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Obong says they intend to write to the ministry of local government for further guidance.

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He notes that at least 200 million shillings was needed to operationalize each of the new Sub Counties and Town councils.

Charles Obette, who is a candidate for newly created Pabo town council says already he has injected over 2 million shillings in his campaigns to become the LC III chairperson of Pabo town council. 

If not cleared, Obette says this is going to affect service delivery and demoralize candidates who have been campaigning especially those who would have won the elections meaning they would have wasted their time and resources.

Michael Lakony, the district LCV chairperson Amuru district says they are consulting the Ministry of local government, finance and the Electoral Commission on how the issue should be handled.