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DP Hikes Nomination Fees

The Democratic Party has hiked the application fees to be paid by those applying for nomination into elective positions within the party by 50 for key positions and 10 for other positions.
Norbert Mao DP party president

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Party members who are interested in parliamentary, city mayor and district mayor seats on the DP ticket will be required to part with Shillings 300,000 up from the Shillings 200,000 they paid in 2010.

The decision to increase the nomination fees was reached at by consensus late last month by the party\'s National Executive Committee – NEC led by the party president Norbert Mao at their meeting at J & M Hotel Bwebajja – Wakiso district.

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Kenneth Paul Kakande the party spokesperson says that the decision to increase the fees was influenced by the rise in inflation rate and the high cost of living in the country.

He says that the money will be used for hiring premises, printing ballot papers and for refreshments during the primaries among others.

Kakande says that the party does not want to use money from the party coffers to facilitate the primaries because the party has already spent close to Shillings 500 million for the recently concluded national delegates conference.

After accreditation by the party\'s NEC and party primary elections, the successful party members will again be subjected to fresh vetting by the Democratic Alliance to identify the most suitable of all the successful candidates, from all political parties to represent the alliance.

Kakande says that party members who will not be accredited to contest in the positions of their choice by The Democratic Alliance should not expect a refund of the money because the party subscribed to the method of operation of the Alliance.

‘It\'s like paying fee for treating a patient, if the patient dies, you don\'t go back and ask the doctor for a refund,\" said Kakande and added that it should be considered an event fundraiser not money making venture of the party.

The fees are payable after being nominated for an elective position on the party\'s ticket.

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