The National Resistance Movement(NRM) Electoral Commission has released a roadmap for the party primaries of the Women Councils in all villages across the country.
This has been announced by the NRM Electoral Commission chairperson, Dr Tanga Odoi in a press conference held at the party head offices in Nakasero, Kampala.
Odoi said the roadmap will guide the NRM fraternity on how the village elections nationwide will be conducted.
According to the Electoral Commission, elections shall be conducted on July 7 this year for the 5 members of the Village Women Committees.
“We enter this primary exercise to look for the five (5) members at every village who will represent the party during National polls,” Odoi said.
He said that the election exercise as agreed upon by the party top management will commence with the verification of NRM election personnel at the village, parish, sub-county and the district levels.
The nomination of candidates for the independent electoral Village Women Executive Committees will be conducted from June 27, 2022, to July 1, 2022, at the respective Sub County/City Division Headquarters, Uganda’s Electoral Commission announced.
According to the Commission Chairperson, Justice Simon Byabakama, an aspiring candidate for any office on the Women’s Committee shall be a female ordinarily resident in the village, aged eighteen (18) years of age or above and a citizen of Uganda; registered on the Village Women’s Council Register and no academic qualifications shall be required.
Odoi said the conduct of women councils/committees elections are progressive in nature starting at Village and ending at national level.
He explained that “This means that for one to be elected at National Level, she should have been successfully elected right from village level.
In preparation for these elections, Byabakama, said they conducted a countrywide exercise to compare, verify, harmonise and confirm all administrative units (villages/cells, parishes/wards and sub-counties).
The current Women Councils and Committees were elected during the period June – August 2018, and the Executive Committee of the National Women’s Council was constituted on 23rd – 24 August 2018.
According to the National Women’s Council Act, the terms of office of the said Councils and Committees is four (4) years, implying their term will elapse in August 2022.