Following a mix up in the constitution in regards the age limit for political contestants at local government level in issues of age, the president has finally given another wisdom to the nation by lifting the age limit for aspiring candidates for the position of chairperson at sub county, municipality, city division, town councils and municipal divisions.
Addressing journalists in Kampala today, the information and national guidance minister, Judith Nabakooba reveals that government agreed and amended the local government Act that had set an age limit to the above positions.
Prior to the amendment, any aspiring candidate had to be 30 years and above and not exceed 75 years to be political leaders at the local government level. Now the new amendments agreed and signed by the president abolish the above. Says the minister.
Nabakooba adds that starting with the ongoing electoral process, aspiring candidates for the position for the position of chairperson at local government level must only be 18 years and above. And this now addresses the complaints which had started arising from a number of candidates who wanted to contest.
A number of candidates has presented themselves for leadership thinking that the 2019 presidential and LC5 amendment had applied to these positions as well. And now all qualifying aspirants can go ahead with their plans to contest.
Before the amendments, the electoral commission had already agreed to extend the nomination exercise from the 2nd to 5th of October which is tomorrow.
In another development, Uganda will be marking her independence on 9th October under the theme, Uganda’s steady progress towards economic take off and self-sustaining economic growth.