EC Backtracks On Lord Mayor Nomination

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But in a U-turn, Engineer Badru Kiggundu, Electoral Commission chairman says following a consultative meeting by the Minister for Kampala, Frank Tumwebaze with the Commission today, government has resolved to hold the nominations.

Government has bowed to pressure to withdraw amendments to the Kampala Capital City Authority Act 2010.

The amendments, which included changing the election of the Kampala Lord Mayor from adult suffrage to the council, were tabled before Parliament last week on Wednesday.

Government proposed in the amendments that the Lord Mayor and Deputy Lord Mayor are elected by city councilors, to be supervised by the Electoral Commission.

Subsequently, the EC halted nominations for Lord Mayor which was scheduled to start today, stating that it was waiting for government to avail regulations to govern the election as required under Section 82 of the Act.

But in a U-turn, Engineer Badru Kiggundu, Electoral Commission chairman says following a consultative meeting by the Minister for Kampala, Frank Tumwebaze with the Commission today, government has resolved to hold the nominations.

In a brief statement, Kiggundu says the nominations will be conducted from November 18 to 20 at the Office of the returning officer in Ntinda, Kampala from 9 am to 5 pm.

The statement comes hours after embattled Lord Mayor; Erias Lukwago was arrested by Police, as he attempted to lead a procession to the Electoral Commission headquarters to protest the postponement of the nomination of mayoral candidates.

Lukwago is in custody at Nagalama Central Police Station.

 

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Olive Eyotaru
Olive Eyotaru is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Eyotaru has been a URN staff member since February 2015.

Eyotaru started practising journalism while still studying at Uganda Christian University. She was a reporter with Ultimate Media Consult Ltd between 2005 and 2007.

In 2009, Eyotaru joined Monitor Publications Limited, under KFM Radio as a parliamentary and business reporter. Consequently, Eyotaru started writing for the Daily Monitor newspaper until January 2015, when she moved to URN.

She is interested in reporting about politics, health, human rights, business and sports.