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Election Campaigns for Special Interest Groups Kick Off

The nomination exercise of the Special Interest Groups (SIGs) aspiring leaders started on July 29, 2020, and ended on Wednesday this week at all the sub counties, town councils and municipal division headquarters across Uganda.

The SIGs taking part in the elections comprise of the youths, elderly persons and Persons with Disabilities (PWDs).

Mr. Paul Bukenya, the Deputy spokesperson of the Electoral Commission confirmed the closure of the 6 day countrywide exercise.

“The Electoral Commission has concluded the nomination of candidates for elections of older persons, Persons with Disabilities and youth councils and committees,” Bukenya said.

Some of positions turned out unopposed, however, for those that were contested, campaigns are to start as soon as possible.

“Campaigns will start on August 6. Eventually, we shall have polling from the various Special Interest Groups on different dates, in all the 68,741 villages that we have across the country,” he added.

The Polling of Village Older Persons Committees will take place on Tuesday August 11, with a total of 1,701,518 willing persons registered to vote while those for People with Disabilities committees will be conducted on Thursday August 13 with a total of 382,577 willing persons registered to vote.

Bukenya also confirmed that the election of village youth committees shall be conducted on Monday August 17.

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“These elections shall be conducted by the voters, who are the members of the respective electoral colleges, lining behind the individual candidate of their choice,” Bukenya emphasised.

A total of 7,846,373 registered youths are to participate in the voting exercise.

The Electoral Commission has issued guidelines to ensure that all participants comply to the measures instituted by the body, in accordance with those issued by government and Ministry of Health to prevent the spread of Covid -19.

Hand washing facilities at all places where elections will be held, have been put in place.

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