EC issues road map for Bukimbiri County by-election

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NEWS– The Electoral Commission has released the programme for conducting the by-election of Member of Parliament for Bukimbiri County Constituency, Kisoro District.  

According to the Electoral Commission Spokesperson Paul Bukenya, the by-election program will commence with an update of the National Voters’ Register from today 20th up to Friday 24th June 2022 in each of the 24 parishes in Bukimbiri County.

The program further notes that the display of the Voters’ Register will also be conducted for a period of 10 days, from Tuesday 12th July to Thursday 21st July 2022, at all the 72 polling stations in Bukimbiri County.

Bukenya explained that the display of register gives the parish tribunal powers to make recommendations for deletion or inclusion of some voters on the register from Friday 22nd July to Wednesday 27th 2022 at the respective Parish Headquarters.

According to the released roadmap, the nomination of interested  candidates to contest for the Bukimbiri County Constituency parliamentary seat will take place on Monday 1st and Tuesday 2nd August 2022 at the Office of the District Returning Officer in Kisoro District.

Bukenya disclosed that the nominated candidates will conduct campaign meetings for 7 days, from Wednesday 3rd August till Tuesday 9th August 2022 and the polling and tallying of results for the by-election of the Bukimbiri County Constituency Member of Parliament will be conducted on Thursday 11th August 2022 after which the winner will be declared.  

The Bukimbiri County Parliamentary seat fell vacant following a court ruling which set aside the results of the 2021 elections in which National Resistance Movement candidate Hon Eddie Kwizera emerged the winner.

However, the Court of Appeal panel led by Justice Egonda-Ntende, Monica Mugenyi, and Muzamiru Kibeedi on 6th June 2022, ruled in their judgement that the by-election be conducted after an application filed by Forum for Democratic Change rival James Owebeyi who had petitioned court saying that the election of Kwizera did not follow the electoral laws.