The Electoral Commission ( EC ) has warned individuals against election violence and unlawful conduct ahead of the residual and by-elections scheduled for Thursday.
In October, the EC approved a roadmap for the conduct of by-elections to fill vacant positions existing in various Local Government Councils across the country.
The vacancies include the District Chairperson for Kayunga; Sub-County level chairpersons, Councilors at the City/District, Municipality/City Division and Sub-County/Town Council/Municipal Division level and Councilors representing Special Interest Groups.
According to EC records, a total of 1,246 candidates were nominated to contest for 323 elective positions which are vacant in 114 districts and cities. Dispatch of the polling materials to the office of the respective City/Division Returning Officer will be done on Monday.
Simon Byabakama the EC Chairperson, on Friday, issued a warning against illegal election-related activities that will discredit the exercise.
With a specific focus on Kayunga District, Byabakama warned the youths who are majority voters and are susceptible to being lured into violence to desist from such unlawful tendencies.
Kayunga is a center of contention after six candidates were nominated for the District Chairperson seat, following the death of Muhammad Ffeffeka Sserubogo of the National Unity Platform (NUP) in June. A total of 190,921 registered voters will cast their votes in 338 polling stations.
The race has attracted the deceased’s son, Jamilu Kamoga (Independent); Boniface Musisi Bandikubi (Independent), Andrew Muwonge (NRM), Harriet Nakweede (NUP), Majid Nyanzi (Independent), and Anthony Waddimba (DP).
Byabakama also rallied the different stakeholders involved in the elections to participate in the electoral activities in accordance with the recommended guidelines issued to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.