Electoral Programme for By-Election of Member of Parliament for Kyadondo East Constituency, Wakiso District
a. Introduction The vacancy of the Directly-elected Member of Parliament for Kyadondo East Constituency, Wakiso District occurred following a court nullification of the election of former Member of Parliament.
As required by law, the statutory deadline for conducting a Parliamentary by-election is sixty (60) days after notification from Clerk to Parliament on the occurrence of the vacancy. The Commission received the notice on 2nd May 2017, and therefore, the statutory deadline for holding the by-election is 30th June, 2017.
Accordingly, the Electoral Commission has approved the electoral programme for by-election of Directly-elected Member of Parliament for Kyadondo East Constituency, Wakiso District, with the following key activities and dates:
b. Banning of Fundraising Activities in Kyadondo East Constituency, Wakiso District During this by-election programme, no fundraising activities shall be allowed in for Kyadondo East Constituency, Wakiso District. The purpose of this ban is to allow a leveled-ground for all candidates in the race.
For avoidance of doubt, this ban takes effect from Friday 26th May 2017, which is the cut-off date for registration of voters and transfer of voting location in for Kyadondo East Constituency, and will continue until polling day. Those found to be contravening the law shall be dealt with accordingly.
c. Stakeholders Meeting: 22nd May 2017 The Electoral Commission will hold a stakeholders meeting on Monday 22nd May 2017, at Wakiso District Headquarters, to discuss any issues of concern that should be addressed by the Commission to ensure a free and fair by-election.
This meeting will also help to foster collaboration between the Commission and stakeholders in for Kyadondo East Constituency, and achieve high participation in the various activities, in accordance with the laws.
The stakeholders who have been invited to the meeting include the constituency leadership, representatives of political parties and organisations, representatives of civil society organisations, security officials, religious leaders, opinion leaders, sub county supervisors and members of the press.
d. Update of the National Voters’ Register: 22nd–26th May 2017 Kyadondo East Constituency currently has a total number of 68,731 registered voters (5th May 2017) and 93 polling stations. An update of the Voters’ Register will be conducted from 22nd- 26th May, 2017, at update stations within each of the nine (9) parishes in Kyadondo East Constituency, starting at 8:00am till 6:00pm, on each of the appointed dates, including weekends.
This exercise will enable Ugandan citizens of 18 years and above, who either reside or originate in parishes within Kyadondo East Constituency, and who have not had their photographs and bio-data taken before by the Electoral Commission for purposes of registration for elections, to do so. All registered voters who wish to transfer to new voting locations shall be able to do so during this update exercise.
The Electoral Commission has appointed 26th May 2017 as the cut-off date for registration and/or transfer of voting location in for Kyadondo East Constituency.
e. Display of the Voters’ Register: 29th May – 6th June 2017 The Electoral Commission has appointed 29th May – 6th June 2017, as the period for display of the National Voters’ Register in Kyadondo East Constituency. The display of the Voters’ Register shall begin at 8:00am and end at 6:00pm at all polling stations in the Constituency, on each of the appointed dates, including weekends.
During the display, voters are urged to turn up in large numbers and check for the correctness of their particulars, and confirm that photographs appear against correct particulars. Voters are further urged to report to the display officer: the dead, the non-citizens, the under-aged, and those who belong to another Parish, so that they are removed from the Register.
There will be a display of lists of persons recommended for deletion from the Register for a period of seven (7) days, from 7th – 12th June 2017, at the respective parish headquarters.
The purpose of this supplementary display is to enable any person who may have been wrongly recommended for deletion to raise an objection to the Parish Tribunal. The Parish Tribunal may reinstate the person if convinced of the genuineness of the objection.
f. Nomination of Candidates, Inspection of Nomination Papers, Campaigns & Polling Day
The nomination of candidates shall be conducted on 30th and 31st May 2017, at the Office of the Returning Officer, Wakiso District. The nomination will be followed by a period of six (6) days, that is, from 30th May – 4th June 2017 during which members of the general public will have access to the candidates’ nomination papers, and will be able to lodge complaints, if any, on suitability of the candidates to contest in the by-election.
Campaign meetings shall be held for a period of twenty four (24) days, that is, from 2nd June to 23rd June, 2017. The campaign meetings or public rallies shall be conducted only within the stipulated time, that is, from 7:00am until 6:00pm on each of the campaign days. All candidates are urged to observe law and order during this exercise and to conduct their campaign meetings in accordance with the harmonized programme. Hate language will not be tolerated at all.
Polling shall take place on Monday 26th June 2017 at all polling stations in Kyadondo East Constituency, and (polling) shall start at 7:00am and close at 4:00pm.
g. Compliance with the Law The Electoral Commission urges all aspiring candidates and stakeholders to acquaint themselves with the relevant laws, in order to appreciate their respective roles and responsibilities before, during and after the by-election.
h. Accreditation of Election Observers Section 16 (1) (a) of the Electoral Commission (Amendment) Act, provides for accreditation of representatives of political parties, civil society organisations and any other duly registered institution to observe electoral activities. For purposes of transparency, the Electoral Commission shall accredit observers to the various activities which will be undertaken during this electoral process.
Accordingly the Commission invites written expressions of interest from political parties, individuals and duly registered organisations and institutions who wish to observe the said processes. Interested political parties, individuals, organisations and institutions should submit their applications with two (2) recent passport photos to the Office of the Chairperson, Electoral Commission, Plot 55, Jinja Road, Kampala, P.O. Box 22678 Kampala, or to the Office of the District Returning Officer not later than 13th June 2017.
Please note that political parties and independent candidates shall be permitted to deploy not more than five (5) observers per sub-county and two (2) persons at the Results Tally Center. The Commission shall accredit election observers from 2nd June – 20th June 2017, and shall provide all those accredited with identification tags for the purpose of observing the various activities of the electoral process.
Please note that media personnel will be required to present valid identification cards from their media houses in order to access polling stations and the Results Tally Center. Any individuals purporting to perform duties of or act as an observer or agent without due accreditation, will be prosecuted in accordance with the law.
The Commission urges all the various stakeholders in these electoral areas to turn up in large numbers and participate in this programme, and to do so in accordance with the guidelines for each activity. This will ensure a smooth electoral exercise.
For God and my Country,
Hon. Justice Byabakama Mugenyi Simon
Chairperson, Electoral Commission