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Museveni Approves Removal of Age Limit for Lower Local Council Leaders

President Museveni has approved the Local Government (Amendment) Bill, 2019, effectively removing the lower and upper age limit for lower local council leaders.

The initial Local Government Act cap 243 put the retirement age for contestants for LCIII chairperson positions, sub-county, municipal or city division level at 30 and 75.

But on Tuesday, Parliament passed the Bill into law, removing the lower and upper age limit for lower local council leaders.

And now it has emerged that President Museveni assented to the bill on October 1, which  means all municipal, town councils and sub-county councillors whose nominations had been rejected will be able to be nominated following the recent extension.

The electoral commission extended the nomination exercise to Monday 5th, October.

In June, President Yoweri Museveni returned the Bill to Parliament with a request that particular provisions be reconsidered before he assents to it.

The President is mandated under Article 91 (3) of the Constitution to return a Bill in writing to the Speaker of Parliament for reconsideration.

Some of the provisions that were returned as an amendment are Section III of the Local Government Amendment Bill seeking to introduce qualifications for any person other than a chairperson of a sub county, an academic qualification of a minimum of a Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) or its equivalent.

The President also rejected an amendment of Section 116 (1) seeking to introduce qualifications for a district councilor being a minimum of Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) or its equivalent.

According to the President, the introduction of these academic qualifications is discriminatory.

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