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Electoral Commission calls for calm as Byabakama Commission exits

By Davis Mugabi

info@kampalagazette.com

Uganda’s Electoral Commission has called for calm as the term of office of the Members of the Commission expires. 

Members of the Commission served their term of office between January 7, 2017 and January 7, 2024.

Hajjat Aisha M. Lubega Basajjanaku, Deputy Chairperson, and Justice Byabakama M. Simon, Chairperson, and the five Members of the Commission who include Mrs. Justine Ahabwe Mugabi, Hon. Stephen Tashobya, Ms. Nathaline Etomaru, Al-Haji Sebaggala M. Kigozi, and Mr. Emorut James Peter.

During this period, members of the Commission provided strategic leadership and policy direction that facilitated the overall organisation, coordination, and implementation of electoral programmes and activities.

As per our mandate, the Commission organized and conducted the following elections:

1. Administrative Units (LC 1 & II) Elections in 2018,

2. Women Councils & Committees Elections in 2018,

3. General Elections 2020/21 (Presidential; General Parliamentary and Local Gov’t Councils)

4. Thirty-nine (39) Parliamentary by-elections, 

5. Twelve (12) District Chairperson (LC 5) by-elections, and

6. By-elections for seven hundred and sixty-two (762) lower Local Government Council positions.

In an interview with the Commission Spokesperson Paul Bukenya, he called for calm, as the Commission awaits the action of the appointing authority. 

“The technical wing is here. The day to day work is ongoing. The support team at the Secretariat supports the day-to-day work. We are waiting the action of the appointing authority, but in the meantime we are managing the day-to-day work and the operations within our mandate. We are led by the Secertary. There is a PS here. He is the accounting officer. People don’t need to worry,” Bukenya said. 

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