discontent among aspirants for Local council positions over the selective nomination of candidates at the Electoral Commission offices in
Ntinda, Nakawa division. Many aspirants who came in late were handpicked by some
Electoral officials bypassing those that showed up as early as 5:30 a.m to participate in the exercise which started today.
Thomas Kazibwe, one of the aspirants for a Lord councillor’s seat, says that
he arrived at the Electoral commission offices in Ntinda around 5:30 am but he
was sidelined the Commission staff as
they handpicked other people.
Kazibwe told URN around 11:30 a.m. that he was the
second to register, but many people who came after him bypassed him and got
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Gerald Ssegawa, an aspirant for the Wandegeya and Mulago LC V Lord councillor’s
seat faulted the Commission for the disorganization. He said it is unfair that
the nomination is being run on technical know who as opposed to first come
first serve basis.
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Semanda Malegge, the Lubya LCV aspirant also said despite
arriving at 5:00 am he had been ignored. The aspirants want the Commission to streamline the
nomination exercise to allow for first come first serve basis of candidates.
Muwaya Tibakuno, the Ntinda Electoral Commission Returning Officer, says the number
of aspirants is overwhelming, saying they might have to send some people home
and ask them to return the next day.
He says they are doing their best and hopefully all those who qualify will be
nominated. He says many people will get nominated since there is no academic
qualification except that of the Lord Mayor. By 11:00 am, over 300 aspirants had shown up at
the EC offices in Ntinda awaiting nomination.
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By the time of filing this story, the Electoral Commission was looking at using the
registration list to nominate candidates as opposed to the sitting arrangement.