The Electoral Commission (EC) is not aware of the ‘vacant’ Hoima District Woman Parliamentary seat because they have never been informed by the House.
The seat fell vacant after Tophas Kaahwa decided to represent Kikuube district – which was carved out of Hoima – without an election.
Thereafter, the National Resistance Movement (NRM) chose Harriet Mugenyi as its Hoima District flag bearer.
However, according to the EC deputy chairperson, Hajat Aisha Lubega, they can only hold byelections as soon as they are informed.
“We are not aware of the vacant position in Hoima,” Lubega said on Tuesday ahead of a byelection to fill the position of Nebbi District chairperson due Thursday.
The seat fell vacant following the death of William Esrom Alenyo.
According to Lubega, polling will take place at 223 voting stations and a voters’ roll with 121,856 voters has been prepared for the election.
“The commission has issued a copy of the voters’ register to participating candidates to enable them, through their agents, ensure that only eligible persons are allowed to vote during the by-election….,” Lubega told local press.
The EC will on July 25 also hold residual elections for LCI and LCII chairpersons in 149 villages and 12 parishes as well as polls for interim LC5 chairpersons and councillors in the seven districts that came into effect this month.
The districts are Madi-Okollo, Karenga, Kalaki, Kitagwenda, Kazo, Rwampara and Obongi.
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