The ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) has closed receipt of expression of interest forms from aspirants vying for the positions of Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the 10th Parliament.
The NRM Electoral Commission, which started receiving forms from April 26, has received forms from incumbent Speaker, Rebecca Kadaga and Deputy Speaker, Jacob Oulanyah, for the position of Speaker.
MPs David Bahati, Monica Amoding, Abbas Agaba, Denis Hamson Obua, Jovah Kamateeka and Theodore Ssekikubo are vying for the position of Deputy Speaker.
Ssekikubo was the last aspirant to submit his forms to the NRM-EC today, accompanied by his lawyer, Caleb Alaka. He presented a copy of the Uganda Gazette, showing that he was duly elected as the elected Member of Parliament for Lwemiyaga County in Sembabule district.
Ssekikubo, whose election was challenged by his rival, Patrick Nkalubo in the Masaka Magistrates Court, says he has proved to the public in the 9th Parliament that he is a champion for the equal rights for all MPs and the public.
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Yesterday, the Constitutional Court dismissed a request by Masaka Chief Magistrate Samuel Munobe, seeking interpretation on a ruling that Ssekikubo should not be gazetted as MP-elect for Lwemiyaga following a petition by Nkalubo.
Jotham Taremwa, Electoral Commission spokesperson confirmed to URN that the Commission chairman, Engineer Badru Kiggundu issued a notice last evening to gazette Ssekikubo.
NRM EC chairperson, Dr Tanga Odoi told the media shortly after receiving Ssekikubo that he was not interested in the court case, rather that the aspirant is duly gazetted by the Electoral Commission.
Odoi explained that he will now forward the names to the NRM Central Executive Committee, which will vet the candidates on May 2, ahead of the NRM caucus sitting on May 5.