The Electoral Commission has extended the deadline for the nomination of candidates at Local Government Councils to Monday October 5, allowing four more days for the activity to be conducted including Saturday and Sunday.
The Electoral Commission appointed the period September 21 to October 1, 2020, as the time for conducting nomination of candidates for Local Government Councils Elections 2021.
The exercise commenced on Monday 21st September 2020, in all the one hundred and forty-six (146) districts/cities across the country and was scheduled to close today, Thursday 1st October 2020.
“However, due to high numbers of aspirants at the nomination centers since the beginning of the exercise, and in accordance with the powers vested in the Commission under Section 50 of the Electoral Commission Act, the Electoral Commission has taken a decision to extend the nomination exercise for four (4) more days,” the statement released by Justice Byabakama Mugenyi Simon Chairperson, Electoral Commission reads.
“The extension period is from Friday October 2 to Monday October 5, 2020, including Saturday and Sunday, after which, there will be no further extension,” the statement further reads.
The nomination exercise will continue to be conducted at the venues indicated at 9.00 a.m. and ending at 5:00 pm each day.
- District/City Chairpersons and Councilors: 2nd – 5th October, 2020 at the respective district headquarters
- Municipality/City Division Chairpersons and Councilors: 2nd -5th October, 2020 at the respective district headquarters
- Sub County/Town//Municipal Div., Chairpersons and Councilors: 2nd -5th October, 2020 at the respective County headquarters
It should be noted that some political parties; the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) and UPC petitioned the Electoral Commission seeking an extension on the nomination period.
These stated that the allocated time (September 21 to October 1, 2020) was not enough to cater for the many participants at the councils.