Steered by the Leader of Opposition, Mathias Mpuuga, MPs from six Opposition Political Parties in the House on Thursday convened to consider matters relating to the EALA race.
The Opposition Political Parties in parliament include the National Unity Platform (NUP), Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), Democratic Party (DP), Uganda People’s Congress (UPC), Justice Forum (JEEMA) and People’s Progressive Party (PPP). These all together have a total of 108 members out of 529 MPs in the 11th Parliament.
The 20-member verification committee chaired by Mbarara Municipality MP, Mwine Mpaka, was on Tuesday named by the Speaker of Parliament, Anita Among to consider nominees whose nomination papers had been received by the Clerk to Parliament, Adolf Mwesige.
The committee’s mandate is to scrutinize documents submitted by the candidates and ensure that they are citizens of Uganda, registered voters, of sound mind, and not under any sentence of death or imprisonment exceeding nine months.
Each candidate must pay 3 million Shillings, provide an intent letter, provide necessary qualifications for joining Parliament and get an endorsement from a minimum of 20 Members of Parliament, among others. Candidates fronted by political parties must provide an introductory letter from the party's Secretary General.
Sources at the Caucus meeting also told Uganda Radio Network-URN that the MPs, who form majority in the Eleventh Parliament resolved to choose from only those Opposition candidates who have been backed by political parties under the Interparty Organisation for Dialogue (IPOD) while those contesting as Independents will tussle it out during the election.
If the results are annulled, the court will either order a fresh election based on the irregularities discovered or a vote recount to determine the winner. Ahead of the verdict today, Ruto has pledged to accept whatever the outcome will be for the sake of the rule of law.
Ahead of the elections due next month, the ruling National Resistance Movement party in July resolved to maintain all its six incumbent representatives at EALA in recognition of "their exceptional performance" to continue their tenure for another term. The incumbent NRM members are; Mary Mugyenyi, Rose Akol, Stephen George Odongo, Denis Namara, James Kakooza, and Paul Musamali Mwasa. On top of the six NRM candidates, the party in a recent Cooperation Agreement signed by President Yoweri Museveni and Democratic Party’s President General , Norbert Mao agreed to support the election of a DP candidate to EALA. Gerald Siranda, the DP Secretary General has already been nominated as the party candidate.
The comments by Ariko, a member of the ruling National Resistance Movement-NRM party follow his victory in a by-election held on Thursday. He polled 9, 407 votes and defeated his closest rival Moses Attan Okia who had 8,771 votes while Pascal Amuriat, the Uganda Peoples’ Congress-UPC party candidate got 115 votes.
In Omalera B Polling Station, where 42 voters had cast their votes, the agents and electoral officers discovered more than 200 ballot papers stuffed in the ballot box in favor of the NRM candidate Herbert Edmund Ariko.
The polling materials were dispatched by 6:00am but voting delayed in some polling stations especially at the public gardens which has four polling stations. The voting delayed in Central Ward Cell C&D and Cell A&B, Hardware Cell G and Juakali Cell G polling stations. Some of the polling stations located in the business hub of Soroti city started voting past 8:00am.
During the candidate's briefing by the Electoral Commission and security agencies at Soroti University on Wednesday evening, Nathan Nandala Mafabi, the FDC Secretary General tasked the commission and security heads to explain why the numberless vehicles are on the streets.
Besigye is campaigning for the FDC candidate, Moses Attan Okia in Opiyai, Opuyo, and Aloet wards while President Museveni is campaigning for the NRM candidate, Herbert Edmund Ariko in Madera and Moruapesur wards.
Trouble started in June as the party embarked on sourcing a new flag bearer after abandoning Jimmy Ekemu, who represented the party in the 2020 polls. According to the NRM Constitution, the flag bearer serves for a term of five years in office, unless terminated on legal grounds.