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Date for LC Elections Announced; Electoral Commission Boss Says LC Leaders will Help Curb Kidnaps

EC Chairman Byabakama: LC One Chairpersons Will Help Reduce Kidnaps, Murders

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Uganda’s Electoral Commission (EC) has announced dates for Local Council (LC) elections over 15 years since the polls were held.

The elections will happen in about 60,000 villages.

EC chairperson Justice Simon Byabakama told reporters in Kampala on Friday that Local Council One chairperson elections will happen on July 10 within the village.

Nominations will happen on July 4-5.

Campaigns will happen from July 6-9.

Nominations will be done by parish election officials at parish headquarters between 9am to 5pm.

Women village committee elections will be held earlier on earlier on July 3.

Voting will be by lining up, said Byabakama.

Electoral Commission Chairman Simon Byabakama on Kidnaps

Byabakama was optimistic the LC leaders would help curb kidnaps.

At least 40 cases of kidnap have been recorded in the past four months.

“The Electoral Commission joins other Ugandans in condemning this obnoxious practice of kidnaps and ransom demands,” said Byabakama.

“I think every right-thinking member of this country should condemn such acts.”

Byabakama said he believed the kidnaps would not have any “negative impact on the elections”.

“To me, these kinds of evil practices underscore or emphasize the need for us to conduct these elections,” he added.

“We believe that once we have properly structured and set up LCs in our communities, they will go a long way in fighting these vices.”

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