Parliament Demands Explanation over Delayed Polls in New Districts

Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has directed Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda to explain government’s position on the pending elections in new districts.
05 Mar 2019 17:18
Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga.

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The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has directed the Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda to explain government’s position on the delayed elections in new districts.   

Kadaga on Tuesday questioned why the government has delayed conducting polls in eight districts that became operational in July 2018.  The districts include Nabilatuk, Kapelebyong, Bugweri, Kwania, Kassanda and Kikuube.

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Opposition Chief Whip, Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda noted that it was not only the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party that conducted primaries for the new districts but also opposition parties.  

He said that since the announcement of a road map by the Electoral Commission, they started organizing and went through processes to field candidates but the polls have not been conducted.

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Kadaga emphasized that government should immediately explain to parliament when the elections will be held.   

“And we are sending money to the districts, there is no supervision, there are no Chairmen, there are no committees, therefore, there is no district service, there are no public accounts. It is a serious issue,” said Kadaga.   

On 1st March, aspiring candidates in the six newly created districts petitioned Kadaga over the delay in conducting elections.  The contestants mainly flag bearers of the NRM party said that residents have been deprived of services because they do not have elected leaders, eight months after being operational.   

The candidates included Rachael Magoola from Bugweri, Harriet Busingye from Hoima district, Judith Achola from Kwania, and Niwirah Nalubowa from Kassanda district.

The other petitioners included Peter Banura and Haji Shafi Muziransa who are contenders for the district leadership seats from Kikuube and Bugweri districts respectively.  

They demanded that the Electoral Commission is facilitated to conduct the polls.

Government requires 2.4 billion shillings to conduct elections in the new districts.