Minister Mutuzo urges Women to participate in LC elections
State minister for gender and Cultural Affairs, Peace Mutuuzo has called upon women to actively participate in the forth coming Women Council Elections.
Addressing the media, Mutuuzo said that it is important that women fully engage in the exercise in order to elect leaders to further their aspirations.
“Fellow women, please exercise your rights by lining up to vote.” Mutuzo said.
The forthcoming elections are going to be the third women council elections to be conducted with the most recent one being 2003 which were also conducted by lining.
Mutuuzo called upon voters to embrace the voting style and not shy away from it. “Lining up is a decade old voting method which is attributed to numerous benefits including detering rigging, provision of results instantly and it also saves costs” said Mutuuzo.
Women Council elections are scheduled for July 3. The process however starts on 22nd June with the compilation of village voters’ registers. Village Women’s registers will then be displayed between June 26 and 27.
The positions for contest in the Village Women Council are;
Chairperson, vice chairperson, general secretary, secretary for finance and secretary for publicity.
All female Ugandans above the age of 18years with valid National ID and resident of a particular village are eligible to contest.
Meanwhile, Mutuuzo also encouraged women to contest for other positions other than those of the Women Council.
“It is important to note that participation in the Women Council elections doesn’t prohibit women from contesting for the LC1 and LCII chairmanship seat,” remarked Mutuuzo.
The National Women Council is established by the National Women’s Council ACT of 1993. Its objective is to bring all women of Uganda together for development purposes, irrespective of their social, economic status or political affiliation.
The Council comprise of all Ugandan women aged 18 and above. The councils have well established structures that run from the village to the National level with elected leaders at all levels.