The Electoral Commission has announced that it appointed Monday January 25, 2021 as polling date for Chairpersons, Directly Elected Councilors and Women Councilors for Municipality and City Divisions.
The Electoral Commission chairman Justice Simon Byabakama made the pronouncement in a statement issued on Saturday.
“The Electoral Commission reminds Political Parties, candidates, voters and the general public that Monday 25th January 2021 was appointed the polling day for elections of Chairpersons, Directly Elected Councilors and Women Councilors for Municipality and City Divisions,” he said.
Unlike the Special Interest Groups (SIGs) elections in which voting is done by the electoral college, voting in the Monday election, Byabakama said, shall be by universal adult suffrage, and shall take place at all polling stations in the country, beginning at 7:00am till 4:00pm.
He encouraged Political Parties and independent candidates to officially appoint and station their agents at polling stations in the above electoral areas where elections will be conducted.
However, other than observing the exercise, Byabakama said, candidates’ agents shall not be expected to interfere with the polling process.
“All persons participating in the elections shall be required to comply with guidelines issued by the Electoral Commission in accordance with the Government of Uganda and Ministry of Health measures against the spread of COVID-19,” Byabakama added.
The COVID-19 measures against COVID-19 pandemic include; observance of social distancing, hand washing, wearing of face masks among others.