Uganda has not conducted elections for LCI (village) and LCII (parish) for the last 15 years. The last elections were held in 2001 before the country changed from the one-party Movement system to the multiparty system of governance.
Attempts to hold the LCI (village) and LCII (parish)elections were blocked in 2006 after then opposition member of the Forum for Democratic Change , retired Major Rubaramira Ruranga challenged the legality of the incumbent Local Councils following the country’s return to multiparty political system.
Next year in January, the country will conduct these LC 1 and 2 elections but before the elections can go ahead there is a move by some MPs to make amendments to the Local Government Act.
The amendments seek to reduce the time for the display of the electronic voters register at administrative units, to reduce time required for campaigns and related matters and to provide for the Electoral Commission to to determine objections arising from the display of the voters’ register.
Raphael Magyezi the chairperson of the parliamentary committee on public service and local government, one of the MPs pushing for the amendments, discusses why they are necessary.