The Electoral Commission has come under criticism from the
National Unity Platform-NUP party leaders in Sembabule District over the delay
to complete local council elections in their area.
The NUP leaders led by Muhammad Ssemanda, the district party
registrar are accusing the commission of failing to conduct polls in all local
government electoral areas in Sembabule district.
On February 3, the Electoral Commission conducted nationwide
elections for Sub-county chairpersons and their councillors, but the exercise
did not take place in some areas of Sembabule due to inconsistencies in voting
However, Ssemanda argues that even when the commission organized
residual elections that were conducted on February 8, it skipped four electoral
areas whose fate remains unknown to date.
He indicates that voters in Mitete North, Mitete South, Manyama
South Wards located in Mitete Sub County, and Mateete Central Ward B located in
Mateete town council did not vote for their female sub county councillors and
the Electoral Commission has remained silent about the matter raising suspicion.
Ssemanda alleges that they severally engaged Hannington Mugasira
the District Returning Officer who has since failed to offer a clear
explanation about the matter.
//Cue in; (Luganda) “kubanda ffe….
Cue out; …..y’ensonga eyo.”//
According to Semanda, their party had nominated candidates for all
the affected position, warning that they are considering dragging the Electoral
Commission to courts of law should they fail to complete the polls in the area.
//Cue in: “kati twali tulina…..
Cue out; ….gyebali bulungi nyo.”//
Kareem Kateza, the NUP Registrar for Mawogola County constituency
says that the delay could be a plot to deny the electorates to vote their
Robert Beine, the South West Regional Election Officer indicates
that they are not yet decided on the fate of the areas where elections were not
completed as per the roadmap.
According to him, conducting elections in the four wards require
substantial financial resources which the Electoral Commission will have to
first look for if they are to develop a new election schedule for those areas.