LC1 elections postponed again

LC1 elections postponed again
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By Ramson Muhairwe

The state minister for information Godfrey Kabbyanga has announced the extension of of the term of office for both LC1 and LC2 office and women councils " from  January, 6, 2024 for another period not exceeding 180 days"

The minister made the announcement as he communicated the cabinet decision arrived at on Monday, January,19, 2023.

The village administrative units had their office bearers term expire in July this this only to be extended by parliament for six months.

" We are still preparing. We are planning. There are still few administrative challenges which we are going to handle and we think in the next 180 days we might be ready for the elections,"Kabbyanga said.

According to the Electoral commission Chairperson Justice Simon Byabakama, government halted their plans to hold these elections.

Byabakama revealed the minister for local government asked them to put to hold any plans.

"The ministry of local government raised an alert saying that during the implementation of the Parish Development Model they realised there were discrepancies in the composition of some parishes"

The local government ministry reported incidents where "some parishes are so big compared to another Parish in terms of villages" and therefore requested for time to sort out those issues

However City lawyer Nicholas Opiyo warms government stands to be sued should they continue with the extensions.

Opiyo says the mandate to extend term of office of a leader remains with voters citing the supreme Court ruling which nullified the extension of term of office of MPs to seven years.

" The mandate for any elected officer cannot be extended by parliament," says  Opiyo

Initially the Electoral commission requested for shs56 billion to hold these elections.

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