By Our Reporter
Government intends to bring a bill in parliament that operationalises Article 68(6) of the constitution so that the equipments for secret ballot in elections is maintained for only presidential and parliamentary elections.
This was revealed by the deputy Attorney general Fred Ruhindi at the floor of parliament.
Ruhindi says that it has been expensive for government to organize secret ballot elections the reason as to why government wants to abolish using secret ballots while electing local leaders especially LC1 and 2.
He says that once this bill is passed by parliament, government will be able to hold LC1 and 2 elections which have delayed for 12years due to lack of funds.
Article 68(6) of the constitution says that, parliament may by law exempt any public elections, other than a presidential or parliamentary election, from the requirements that it shall be held by secret ballot.
The shadow minister of local government Betty Nambooze says that, it’s not true that government doesn’t have money to organize local elections because last financial year parliament approved shs19b for local elections but the electoral commission boss returned the money.
Nambooze says that, Article 181(4) of the constitution says, that all government council shall be elected every Five years but government wants to ignore this clause.
“Government has intentions of making NRM carders LC1 and 2 chairpersons to why they are saying that they don’t have money to organize local elections. You can’t say that people will just line up to elect their leaders including LC5.We have local government Amendments Act in place which provides for elections of local leaders. This system of abolishing elections of LC1 and 2 chairperson using secret ballots will not work because it will create vote rigging” Nambooze said.
“Government will intimidate people during elections by seeing who have not voted for government candidates” She added.