The opposition Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party has rejected a proposal to form an alliance with Uganda People's Congress-UPC in the Apac Municipality parliamentary elections.
The race has attracted eight candidates including the former Tourism State Minister and NRM's candidate, Jovino Akaki Ayumu (NRM), FDC's George Okello Ekwaro, UPC's Patrick Ocan and four independents, Rev. John Robert Atim Etime, Bishop Edward Stanley Engena Maitum, the former Apac Woman MP, Lucy Ajok, Okot Conno and Bonny Mackline Odongo Oding.
Recently, UPC floated a proposal to team up with FDC ahead of the elections. However, the FDC General Secretary, Nathan Nandala Mafabi, says they are not ready to cooperate or team up with UPC in the Apac municipality polls.
According to Nandala, teaming up with UPC will be like partnering with the ruling National Resistance Movement-NRM party.
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However, the UPC General Secretary, Fred Ebil-Ebil has dismissed Nandala's claims. He says UPC is a cradle land of UPC, which should be respected by other parties.
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John Baptist Okello Okello, the FDC vice chairperson for Northern Uganda, says it's late for UPC party to seek for alliances now.
The Electoral Commission has scheduled July 28, 2018 as the date to conduct the election of various elective positions in the newly created municipalities.