THE ELECTORAL COMMISSION TO VERIFY over TEN THOUSAND ADMINISTRATIVE UNITS AHEAD OF VILLAGE ELECTIONS

BY Our Political Reporters

The Electoral Commission is undertaking preparatory activities for the conduct of Women Councils and Committees elections (from the village to the national level) 2022, and Administrative Units (LC 1 and LC 2) Elections, 2023.

The current Women Councils and Committees were elected during the period July – August 2018, and the Executive Committee of the National Women’s Council was constituted on 23rd – 24 August 2018. According to the National Women’s Council Act, the terms of office of the said Councils and Committees is four (4) years, implying their term will expire in August 2022.

The current Village/Cell (LC 1) and Parish/Ward (LC 2) Committees were elected in July 2018. According to the Local Government Act, the term of office of the said Executive Committees is five (5) years, implying their term will expire in July 2023.

The above elections were conducted in a total number of 60,800 villages/cells and 8,387 parishes. During the conduct of the above elections, the Commission observed the following challenging issues among other ,dispute over the legal establishment of some of the villages/cells; dispute over the names of some of the villages/cells and parishes/wards; dispute over the boundaries of some of the villages/cells; dispute over the placement of some villages/cells (within particular sub counties and town councils, etc.,) and dispute over some villages/cells that were located in areas that had been declared as natural reserves and conservation areas (for example in Bukwo District).

The EC says that since 2018, the number of Administrative Units in Uganda has increased and the current statistics as per the Electoral Commission database (2022) show that there are 146- Sub Counties/Towns/Municipal Divisions; 2,211- Wards in the cities; 431- Parishes/Wards in the districts and 10,259- Villages/cells; 70,512.

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