LC 1 Elections to be Conducted Soon

Government through the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, Matia Kasaija, has assured the country that elections for Local Council One and Two (LC 1 and LC 2) will be conducted in the next quarter of this financial year.

The LC 1 elections were last conducted in 2001 and since then, government failed on three other occasions to hold the elections, despite pressure from the opposition and some sections of the public.

The failure on the part of government has supposedly been due to lack of funds, which led to the amendment in the law to provide for elections through queuing rather than the secret ballot, to cut the costs.

Appearing on Thursday before the Parliamentary Legal and Parliamentary Affairs committee chaired by West Budama County MP, Jacob Oboth; Minister Kasaija assured members that this time round, government has found money to fund the elections.

Kasaija said the money was provided in the budget and has been released in this quarter to help the Electoral Commission conduct the elections in the second quarter.

His statements were confirmed by the commissioner of the electoral commission Stephen Tashobya who said that the commission is currently drawing up plans which will be followed.

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