Voters shun local govt elections

Voters turn out in low numbers at Church Zone in Mackay polling station (PHOTO/Ug Standard).

KAMPALA —Voters are turning out in low numbers in Uganda’s mayoral and local government elections on Wednesday, though many are heading outdoors for their normal life.

Voting started at 7am at 34, 684 polling stations across the country and must stop at 4pm to allow counting of the cast votes.

EC registered more than 18 million voters to participate in this election.

Like in the presidential and parliamentary elections last week, EC officials are still using biometric machines to verify voters’ identification.

According to Electoral Commission (EC) roadmap, today’s elections of District Local Government Councils shall include elections for District/City Chairpersons, Lord Mayor, Mayors, and Councillors at local government level.

In Kampala, the tighter contest is between Kampala District Woman MP Nabilah Naggayi, local artiste, Joseph Mayanja, aka Jose Chameleon, Innocent Kawooya and NRM’s Dan Kazibwe, aka Ragga Dee and former Kampala Central Division Mayor, Godfrey Nyakana against the incumbent and FDC’s Erias Lukwago.

Under the Local Government Act, District chairpersons are among others, mandated to preside over meetings of the executive committees of the districts, monitor the general administration of the districts and implementation of council decisions.

Parliament on April 28 last year approved the creation of 15 new cities.

The cities include Masaka, Arua, Gulu, Jinja, Fort Portal and Mbarara. Others are Hoima, Mbale, Lira, Entebbe, Nakasongola, Moroto, Masaka, Soroti, Kabale and Wakiso. However,10 new cities are operational. They are Jinja, Arua, Gulu, Mbarara, Fort Portal, Mbale, Masaka, Hoima, Lira and Soroti.

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