Minister Tumwebaze Asks EC To Conduct Councillors’ Poll

Frank Tumwebaze, the minister in charge of Kampala has written to Electoral Commission to gazette a day for the election of four councilors representing professional bodies at Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA.

Peter Kauju, the KCCA spokesperson told local media on Friday morning that the minister had sent a letter to EC requesting them to gazette a day for the nomination of candidates and date for elections as the authority can no longer proceed without them.

This comes after High court recently ruled that the authority was not fully constituted to carry out any business due to the failure to elect the four representatives of the professional body provided for under the KCCA act.

Kampala and presidency Minister Frank Tumwebaze
Kampala and presidency Minister Frank Tumwebaze has asked the EC to gazette a day for the poll

The guidelines for the election of the councilors for the professional body were long passed into law by a statutory instrument on 8th June 2012 by the then acting minister Muruli Mukasa. The regulations are meant to guide the authority on the appointment of the councilors.

Section 4 of the guidelines, provides for the composition of the Electoral College by the governing body of each of the professional bodies. Votes are cast by members of the governing council by way of secret ballot for the nominated persons.

The nominees are required to be eligible members of the particular body and also qualified to be councilors according to the local governments act section 116. The profession bodies include Uganda law society, Uganda Medical Association, Uganda society of architects and Uganda institution of professional engineers.

According to Ruth Sebatindira, the president Uganda Law society, the law society had indeed been invited for a meeting at the Electoral Commission on Monday regarding the matter.

Paul Bukenya, the deputy spokesperson Electoral Commission says the date for the elections will be set after consultation with KCCA and other stakeholders.

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