By Hason Mutunzi Bwambale
Minister for Local Government, Raphael Magyezi has revealed that Local Council Administrative Units (LC.1 and L.C 2) in Uganda will continue their term for more 180 days due to inadequate funding and logistics for the upcoming elections.
The term of the local council units is set to expire on January 5th, 2024 and since the day is close, the current challenges faced by the government, have dictated an extension to ensure smooth functioning and governance at the lower level administrations.
The logistical challenges, include lack of resources to transport electoral materials and set up polling stations in remote areas, which have further complicated the process. Minister Magyezi argued that the challenges were exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, which strained the country’s resources and affected the government’s ability to provide necessary support for electoral activities.
The government is securing the required funding to ensure a smooth transition after the extension period, atleast 59 Billion is required to organize local council elections which solidify local representation and participation in decision making processes, providing essential services and representing the interests of their respective communities.
The extension aims to maintain stability and provide democratic representation for local communities during these challenging times.