The Mukono Municipality Legislator Betty Nambooze has demanded the resignation of the senior officials of the Electoral Commission for organizing elections in non- existent constituencies and wasting the Taxpayer money.
Her comments came shortly after the Constitutional Court in Kampala threw out six MPs after ruling that they had illegally been elected into the August House which MPs include Patrick Ochan (Apac, UPC party), Elioda Tumwesigye (Sheema, NRM party), Tarsis Rwaburindore (Ibanda, NRM party), Hashim Sulaiman (Nebbi, NRM party), Asuman Basalirwa (Bugiri, Jeema party) and Abraham Lokii (Kotido, NRM party) were elected to parliament in non-existent constituents.
While Addressing the media, Nambooze noted that in 2015 she cited irregularities during the creation of new constituencies and electoral areas but parliament and the electoral commission didn’t heed her advice.
“If parliament declared a place a district, it does not automatically translate into a constituency. When it comes to by-elections, they are only a result of a vacancy created in parliament,” she said.
She stressed that the senior electoral officials must resign for making people to participate in elections in non- existent constituencies.
“[Simon] Byabakama… if he is a man worthy of his name, he should resign. You can’t take a country into elections that don’t exist. He is the custodian of electoral laws, he is the person who should tell us that we are not supposed to have an election here,” she said.
Adding that lots of resources were invested by the contestants during these elections and therefore they should all be compensated whether they won or lost the election.
“What we need to do is to compensate them, not only those who went through, but whoever participated in that election. Even those who didn’t go through should be compensated for having gone through an exercise that did not exist,” she said.
Nambooze went ahead to apologize on behalf of opposition for failing to check the government on this particular issue adding that it was unfair for the opposition to leave Ugandans to invest their hope in elections that were not supposed to take place.
Ahead of the 2021 General elections, Nambooze noted that the EC should reorganize electoral areas and properly demarcate them to avoid such incidents happening again in the future.