EC Halts Nomination For Lord Mayor

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The Electoral Commission chairman, Dr. Badru Kiggundu says nominations for Kampala Lord Mayor will take place after regulations to govern the elections are availed by government.

The nomination process for the position of Kampala Lord Mayor and the Deputy has been put on hold, the Electoral Commission says.

Electoral Commission chairman, Dr. Badru Kiggundu says the nominations will only take place after regulations to govern the elections are availed by government.

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Government on Tuesday tabled the Kampala Capital City Authority Amendment Bill, 2015, proposing that the Lord Mayor is elected by councilors of the authority.

According to the proposed amendment to Section 9 (2) of the principle Act, the Lord Mayor and Deputy Mayor shall be elected by the Council from among the councilors and not adult suffrage, presided over by the Electoral Commission.

Addressing the media in Kampala, Kiggundu says though the nomination exercise for Local Government council positions will continue between November 16 and 20, nominations for the two positions will be put on hold until the law is considered.

The proposed bill tabled by Attorney General Fred Ruhindi, also removes the powers of the political head of KCCA from the Lord Mayor to the Minister for the Presidency and KCCA.

 

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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.