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Electoral Commission Short Of Money To Hold 2021 Election, Offices To Be Demolished

Electoral Commission Short Of Money To Hold 2021 Election, Offices To Be Demolished

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By Keefa Nuwahereza The Electoral Commission is short of money that it needs to effectively hold the 2021 general election, which included voting for the president, Members of Parliament and local government positions. According to a report by the Auditor General compiled for the Financial Year 2018/2019, the Justice Simon Byabakama led Commission received very little funding from the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning (MoFEP) compared to  the amount they had budgeted for the 2020/2021 Electoral Roadmap. As a result of the underfunding, the Auditor General John B. Muwanga is of the view that the Commission is not in position to successfully hold the forthcoming elections unless government injects more money into the EC. AG Muwanga’s report reads in part thus; “The ...
Opinion: Malawi’s Normal Presidential Election Re-Run Vs Uganda’s Scientific General Elections

Opinion: Malawi’s Normal Presidential Election Re-Run Vs Uganda’s Scientific General Elections

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By Mulindwa Walid Lubega Yesterday, over 6 million registered  Malawians thronged in huge numbers to polling booths across the Country to re-elect the next President of Malawi marking and end to a full year political showdown between Government, Opposition and civil society. The re- run of May 2019 Presidential election was ordered by Malawi Constitutional court in February 2020 after judges found widespread  irregularities with the original ballot. The election saw the 80 year old President Prof. Peter Mutharika narrowly re-elected for the second term by less than 159,000 Votes with a 38.6% share of the votes cast against his erstwhile political nemesis the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) leader Lazarus Chakwera with 35.4% and President Mutharika's Vice President Saulos Chi...
New Era As Court Allows Ugandans In Diaspora To Vote

New Era As Court Allows Ugandans In Diaspora To Vote

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By Elite News Reporter Ugandans living and working in the Diaspora are for the first time going to get chance to participate in the forthcoming 2021 General Election. This comes after  the High Court on Thursday issued an order allowing all Ugandans living outside the country who are fully registered with the Electoral Commission to vote, unlike past years when it was not allowed. The order was issued by Justice Lydia Mugambe, on the basis of a petition filed two years ago by lawyer Stephen Kalali. In his application, Kalali sought declarations and orders that Prisoners and Ugandans in the Diaspora, possess the fundamental and inalienable right to be registered as voters. He argued that the omission and exclusion of prisoners and Ugandans in the Diaspora from the votin...
Electoral Commission Announces Stringent Election Laws, Bans Political Rallies Ahead Of 2021 Elections

Electoral Commission Announces Stringent Election Laws, Bans Political Rallies Ahead Of 2021 Elections

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By Keefa Nuwahereza The Electoral Commission on Tuesday announced stringent regulations that will be followed by all politicians and voters in the forthcoming 2021 elections. The regulations enshrined in the E.C Revised Roadmap for 2020/2021 General Elections, which were announced  the E.C Chairperson Simon Byabakama,  include among others conditions that will ensure that all voters are protected from contracting the deadly Coronavirus. The guidelines also include abolishment of political rallies, which have been replaced by online campaigns, specific dates on which candidates for various positions will be nominated and voted.  Below is Justice Byabakama’s full detailed speech about the E.C Revised 2021 General Elections Roadmap;   Dear esteemed members...
Electoral Commission Announces Reopening Of Offices Countrywide Ahead Of 2021 Elections

Electoral Commission Announces Reopening Of Offices Countrywide Ahead Of 2021 Elections

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By Keefa Nuwahereza The Electoral Commission has announced that all its offices across the country have been reopened, following the partial lifting of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown, such that they can prepare  for the 2021 general election. This communication  was  delivered in  a circular issued by the Sam Rwakoojo, Secretary to the EC, dated June 01,2020, which reads in part thus;                     RE: OPENING OF FIELD OFFICES Following the decision by Government to embark on the process of relaxing the lockdown that was declared 18th March, 2020, the Commission has decided to reopen field offices to facilitate the conduct of election activities as per ...
Succession Battle: State House Torn Apart As Gen. Tumukunde Joins 2021 Presidential Race

Succession Battle: State House Torn Apart As Gen. Tumukunde Joins 2021 Presidential Race

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By Elite Reporter A fierce succession battle has erupted at State House over who will take over power in 2021, after retired Lt. Gen. Henry Tumukunde declaring his intentions to contest for the presidency. Gen. Tumukunde, a former Uganda Peoples Defence Forces Spy Chief, who also served as minister for security a few years back in president Museveni’s government, now wants to oust his former boss through the ballot box. We have since established that as a way of showing how serious he is about ousting president Museveni, Gen. Tumukunde has since delivered his a letter to the Electoral Commission in which he seeks permission to conduct presidential consultations across the country. Gen. Tumuklunde's letter to thee Electoral Commission Gen. Tumukunde expressed his intentions ...
Bobi Wine Pleads With Electoral Commission Over Blocked Presidential Consultations, Threatens To Use Plan B

Bobi Wine Pleads With Electoral Commission Over Blocked Presidential Consultations, Threatens To Use Plan B

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By Keefa Nuwahereza Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine, the People Power pressure group leader and Kyadondo East Member of Parliament, has petitioned the Electoral Commission (EC) over the continued blockage of his presidential consultations by police, ahead of the 2021 general elections. In his petition filed on Monday, Bobi Wine pleads with the Electoral Commission to intervene and help him resume his consultation meetings on his 2021 presidential bid, saying police have become a stumbling block. On February 18, when Bobi Wine wrote to police requesting for a meeting, they told him to first write to EC showing what he would like police to do for him to allow his consultations. So in his petition dated February 21, 2020, Bobi Wine wrote to the EC indicating the 10 issues he want...
PoliceTight-Lipped About Bobi Wine 2021 Presidential Consultations

PoliceTight-Lipped About Bobi Wine 2021 Presidential Consultations

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By Keefa Nuwahereza The Uganda Police have remained tight-lipped about whether or not they will allow People Power pressure group leader Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine, to resume presidential consultations ahead of the 2021 General Election. This comes after the Electoral Commission (EC) early  this week cleared Bobi Wine, who is also the Kyandondo East Member of Parliament (MP) to go ahead with his planned consultation meetings. The EC informed the Uganda police about the new developments and noted that the Force is expected to give maximum security to all presidential candidates. The revelation was made by the EC chairperson Justice Simon Byabakama on Tuesday, who revealed that several other presidential candidates had been okayed to conduct nationwide consultati...
EC Commences Display Of Voters Registers Countrywide

EC Commences Display Of Voters Registers Countrywide

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The Electoral Commission has Tuesday, February 18, 2020, started the displaying of voters registers across the country, as the nation prepares for the 2021 General Election. The revelation was made on Tuesday morning by the Commission’s Chairperson Justice Simon Mugenyi Byabakama, who called upon all Ugandans to go to their designated polling stations and check the lists, to ensure that their particulars are in the correct order. Justice Byabakama’s  full statement reads thus; Commencement of Display of the National Voters’ Register and Registers for Special Interest Groups (SIGs), 19th February – 10th March 2020 In preparation for the 2020-2021 General Elections, and in accordance with Section 25 of the Electoral Commission Act (Cap 140), the Electoral Commission ha...
Police Demands  Shs418Bn To Man 2021 General Elections

Police Demands Shs418Bn To Man 2021 General Elections

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By Keefa Nuwahereza The Uganda Police Force has asked Parliament for  Shs418.146Bn in the F/Y 2020/2021, such that they can be able to maintain law and order during next year's general election. The revelation was made by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Martins Okoth Ochola on Thursday, while appearing before the Parliamentary Defence Committee, which was chaired by Vice Chairperson Hon.Moses Nangomu.  Ochola said that "Preparations for policing General Elections has started and Uganda police force needs to recruit and train additional 5, 000ppcs ,70,000spcs, conduct refresher and specialized training, maintain vehicles, purchase tents, etc." He noted that only Sgs228Bn has been provided so far in the F/Y 2019/20, which inadequate compared to the Force's demand...
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