Karamoja Stakeholders Pass Resolutions on Electoral Reforms

Stakeholders in the Karamoja sub-region have proposed electoral reforms ahead of the 2026 general elections.

Riamiriam Civil Society, in collaboration with the Uganda National NGO Forum and the Forum for Women in Democracy, recently completed citizen consultations on political and constitutional reforms.

Over 1,620 individuals from Moroto, Nakapiripirit, and Napak districts actively contributed their inputs to enhance ownership of reforms and promote the development of Karamoja Regional Reforms on constitutional and political matters in Uganda.

Among the agreed-upon reforms is the restoration of the age limit, which should be uniform for all electoral positions, and a minimum age limit to accommodate civil servants who retire at an older age.

To enhance the quality of political aspirants for positions from sub-county chairperson to parliamentary level, it was agreed that they should hold at least bachelor’s degrees, with the exception of the local council one officials.

They also proposed conducting the voting exercise for the presidency and lower positions on the same day with the aim of increasing voter turnout, reducing fatigue, minimizing election costs, and preventing the formation of alliances that favor only the winning candidates.

They also proposed the enhancement in the budget and manpower of the electoral commission, which will oversee processes from voter registration to voter education and voting, even in kraals and homesteads in order to improve the voting process. The proposed reforms will be submitted to parliament for review and consideration, as stated by Moses Nyeko, the former Moroto Municipality parliamentary candidate.

John Paul Kodet, the LC5 chairperson for Napak district, supported the resolution to conduct all political position votes on the same day. He believes this would address political conflicts among candidates and increase overall voter participation.

However, Moses Lorika, a resident of Nakapelimen ward in Moroto Municipality, raised concerns about the academic qualifications for district and sub-county chairpersons. He argued that increasing the academic requirements may discourage potential applicants due to low remuneration for these positions.

In response to some of the resolutions, Linos Okori, the Karamoja regional electoral chairperson, mentioned that it would not be feasible to conduct elections for all political leaders in a single day.

He explained that holding elections in shifts allows them enough time to tally the results while political agents observe to ensure transparency and fairness in the process.

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