By Our Reporter
The National Unity Platform (NUP) has expressed its dissatisfaction with the cancellation of council elections, saying elections are not an emergency and thus ought to have their budget already in place.
The women’s council elections were originally scheduled for August 10 but the chairperson of the commission Justice Simon Byabakama explained that they lacked adequate funds to continue with the exercise.
Some of the activities under the approved programme for conduct of the women councils and committee’s elections, starting with the nominations of candidates, which were scheduled for Monday 27th June – 1st July 2022 were all suspended.
The commission said it will issue a new programme for the above electoral activities when the required additional funds are availed.
Speaking to the media on Tuesday in Kampala, Joel Ssenyonyi, NUP spokesperson said they had already spent a lot of resources on the exercise and it is disappointing that they will have to wait longer
“Money is usually made available for the most ridiculous things. How can we say we don’t have money for the elections and yet we said we want to go it democratic way? It comes at a cost and so we must be able to plan? Elections are not an emergency, so there is no way you can say you have not planned for an election as if it is an emergency, “he said.
Ssenyonyi called on the government to enhance the salaries of arts teachers, too, to save learners, adding that the is the only way to resolve the grievances of the art teachers who are currently striking.
“We think that for them to stand and raise their voices and even go for the strike is the right thing to do for them to express themselves. We as NUP we express solidarity with them because they are raising critical issues, “he said.