Kamuli Municipality Elections Set for April 12

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The Electoral Commission EC has set April 12, 2017 as voting day for the Member of Parliament for Kamuli Municipality in Kamuli district. The seat fell vacant on February 14th when the Court of Appeal nullified the election of Rehema Watongola over the authenticity of her academic documents. This is after the Forum for Democratic Change FDC candidate Salaamu Musumba challenged Watongolas election.

The Electoral Commission (EC) has set April 12, 2017 as voting day for the Member of Parliament for Kamuli Municipality in Kamuli district.
 
The seat fell vacant on February 14th after the Court of Appeal nullified the election of Rehema Watongola over the authenticity of her academic documents. This is after the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) candidate Salaamu Musumba challenged Watongola's election.

Watongola, who contested on NRM party candidate garnered 8,175 votes against Musumba's 6,702 votes.
 
The Electoral Commission has now approved the programme for the by election setting April 12 as the Election Day.
 
Commission chairperson, Justice Simon Byabakama, who addressed journalists at EC offices today, says that updating of the voters' register will be conducted from 9th to 13th March where the total of 27,301 registered voters are expected to update their details.

The Voters register will be displayed from 22nd to 31 March while nominations of the candidates shall take place on 23rd and 24th of March. Campaigns will take place from 27th March to 10th April.
 
Byabakama states that the election budget is 219 million shillings.

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The Electoral Commission has also banned fundraising activities during the elections. Byabakama noted that the purpose of the ban is to allow for a levelled ground for all candidates in the race. He says the ban is effective from 13th March.

Justice Byabakama warned that candidates who violate the laws of the by-elections either through bribery or use of hate language among others will face the law.

 

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