The Electoral Commission chairperson Justice Simon Byabakama earlier suspended the women councils and committee elections citing lack of funds as key ground.

In February, the Electoral Commission had issued a roadmap detailing the various activities to be conducted under the programme for elections of women councils and committees from the village to the national level.

However, speaking at a consultative meeting at Gogonyo county in Pallisa district, Electoral Commission chairperson, Justice Simon Byabakama said that the ministry of Finance informed the commission that there are no funds for conducting the activities. According to the roadmap, the nominations of candidates were scheduled to start this week.

Byabakama, said hat the commission will issue a new programme for the activities when the funds are availed. At the time of the cancellation, the Electoral Commission had finalized the compilation of the village women residents’ register and was conducting the display of registers at each village/cell across the country.

On June 10, the Electoral Commission started to compile registers at the village level for women to participate in the women’s council elections. The four-year term of office of the current councils expires in August 2022.

However, EC sources say the move to adjourn the polls was to pave space to the ruling NRM party after its Secretariat engaged Byabakama in a secret arrangement notifying him that they are unprepared to take part in the exercise. The NRM party Secretariat said they have not yet identified competent candidates to compete in the women polls, and therefore urged the EC chairperson to adjourn the exercise to a later date. The NUP party Secretariat says it was well prepared for the exercise after successfully identifying candidates to contest in those slots.

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