Last Updated on: 12th February 2024, 05:17 pm
Dokolo | The chairperson of the Uganda Independent Electoral Commission (EC) has on Monday, February 12, released the byelection roadmap for the forthcoming Dokolo woman Member of Parliament and councillors.
Speaking to the different stakeholders gathered at Dokolo Technical School, the EC Chairperson, Justice Simon Byabakama confirmed that the roadmap will begin with validating and displaying the voter’s register for all the polling stations across Dokolo district.
“Timely release of the plans is to provide ample time for political party players and stakeholders to prepare adequately for a smooth, free, and fair electoral process,” said Byabakama.
Byabakama, whose contract has been renewed in recent weeks for another 5 years, said the campaign period is scheduled for March 13-19 shortly after the nomination of candidates on 11-12 March 2024.
“The by-election for Dokolo women Member of Parliament will take place on March 21, 2024, and campaign will be for one week,” Byabakama announced.
Aspects of the by-election roadmap issued by Justice Byabakama indicate that voters in Dokolo district will also elect the sub-county councillor for Adagmon parish, sub-county councillor (male) for Bata sub-county and sub-county councillor (male youth) for Bata town council.
Others to vote for will be sub-county woman councillor for Agoga parish in Kwera, sub-county councillor for Apyen-nyang parish and sub-county councillor for older persons, Kwera.
“The Commission received the notice for the vacant position for Dokolo woman Member of Parliament on January 24 but we were out of office and therefore the statutory deadline for holding the by-election is 24 March 2024,” he added.
The EC has called upon voters to attend campaign rallies peacefully. Byabakama, however, has encouraged them to desist from holding processions on public roads.
He also appealed to political parties and independent candidates to observe law and order and avoid election violence.
The roadmap also highlights the updating of the voters’ register which runs from February 12-15 while the display of the register runs from February 21 – March 1.
Dokolo district woman representative seat became vacant following the death of Cecilia Barbara Atim Ogwal on January 18 in an Indian hospital. She was laid to rest on January 27 in Kole district.