Government has declared July 10th a public holiday across the country to allow all Ugandans to participate in the village council elections. This is contained in a July 3rd letter by Public Service Ministry Permanent Secretary, Catherine Bitarakwate Musingwire addressed to the information ministry permanent secretary.
“The Honorable Minister of Public Service Informs the general public that Tuesday 10th July, 2018 will be observed as a Public Holiday throughout Uganda to enable all Ugandans to participate in the local council 1 elections….,” reads the letter.
Ugandans in 1,134 villages go to the polls on Tuesday to elect their village council leaders after more than 15 years. The nomination of candidates has already kicked off countrywide.
Uganda last held local council elections in 2001. The next round of elections that was due in 2006 was halted through a petition filed by Maj Rubaramira Ruranga, the then chairman of the FDC Electoral Commission (EC). He challenged attempts to hold the polls under the movement dispensation yet the country had move to multiparty politics.