95% mosques participated in elections, says UMSC

A total of 95% of the mosques in the country have participated in the mosque elections despite the boycott by the Kibuli Muslim faction, ;Uganda Muslim Supreme Council (UMSC) independent electoral commission chairperson Omar Wesswa has said.

Giving an update on the ongoing Muslim elections in a press conference at his Old Kampala based offices on Wednesday, November 23, 2022, Wesswa said despite some inconveniences, the elections have been peaceful.

“According to the data we have so far received from our polling agents, 95% of the mosques have participated in the elections and this is good for us,” Wesswa said.

Elections suspended in Soroti

Wesswa, however, said elections in the Soroti Muslim region have been suspended until further notice ;after the Muslims demanded that Soroti city be separated from Soroti local government, which according to Wesswa, is outside the commission’s mandate.

“The power to create more counties is vested in the Muslim district council and our role is to demarcate the electoral areas. Therefore, following this impasse, we decided to suspend the elections,” he added, urging the ;aggrieved parties to lodge their complaint within 60 days.

The electoral process, which commenced on October 25, 2022, will end today, November 24, 2022, with the election of the members of the General Assembly, the top organ of UMSC.

Each of the 78 Muslim districts created by UMSC across the country will elect three representatives to the General Assembly.

Among the eminent Muslims who have since expressed interest in the General Assembly is Third Deputy Prime Minister Hajjat Lukia Nakadama, Mawokota South MP Yusuf Nsibambi, retired chief magistrate Muhamamd Kasakya, senior lawyer Muhammad Mbabazi, Makerere University lecturer Dr Haruna Jjemba and former UMSC chairperson Hassan Basajabalaba. ;

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