President Museveni has assented to an amendment to the Local Government Act cap 243, removing the lower and upper age limit for lower local council leaders.
On Tuesday(29th.September. 2020), Parliament passed an amendment to the Act, removing the lower and upper age limit for lower local council leaders.
The act initially capped the age for contestants for LCIII chairperson positions, sub-county, municipal or city division level at 30 and 75.
As a result, several aspirants had been
blocked by the Electoral Commission, in the on-going nomination exercise.
Parliament suspended a rule that requires the bill should be brought back to the house after 14 days from the day it was published and the requirement that a bill should be sent to the committee for scrutiny for a maximum of 45 days, to consider the amendment before the Commission closes the nomination window.
The bill was tabled by the Deputy Attorney General Jackson Kafuuzi after Parliament gave him an ultimatum.
This is after many MPs were shocked to learn that when the age limit was lifted for the President, for the local council elections were not lifted.
The amendment now means all municipal, town councils and sub-county councilors whose nominations were rejected will be able to nominate following the recent extension.
The electoral commission extended the nomination exercise to today. End