In a letter dated 22nd February 2017 and addressed to the Clerk to Parliament, Jane Kibirige, FDC president Major General Mugisha Muntu withdraws Turinawes candidature leaving another FDC candidate Florence Ibi Ekwau to compete with candidates from other political parties.
Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party has withdrawn the candidature of Ingrid Turinawe from the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) race.
In a letter dated 22nd February 2017 and addressed to the Clerk to Parliament, Jane Kibirige, FDC president Major General Mugisha Muntu withdraws Turinawe's candidature leaving another FDC candidate Florence Ibi Ekwau to compete.
“Please refer to our letter ref: FDC 1.42/POU/01/1/17 dated February 7, 2017 regarding FDC nominated candidates for EALA. This letter is to notify you that as a party, we are withdrawing candidate Kamateneti Ingrid Turinawe and retaining one candidate Ekwau Ibi Florence,” reads part of Muntu's letter.
The letter is copied to Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga, Leader of Opposition Winifred Kiiza, FDC party Secretary General Nathan Nandala Mafabi, and candidates Ekwau and Turinawe.
Chris Obore, parliament's director communications and public affairs, acknowledges the letter withdrawing Turinawe's candidature. He however notes that it is inconsistent with the provisions under the parliament rules of procedure.
Rule 7 (2) of the parliament Rules of Procedure provides for the withdrawal of a candidate, where the withdrawal letter is supposed to be signed by the nominee personally and the secretary general of the party which nominated him or her.
Obore says that FDC has since called the office of the clerk indicating that a second letter is to be sent.
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Turinawe, who is the FDC secretary for mobilisation, also contests the action of her party president. In a message on her Facebook page, Turinawe says that she is still in the race and that Muntu has no authority to withdraw her.
Elections for EALA are slated for Tuesday February 28th in the Parliament Chambers, where the Deputy Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah says each of the already verified 47 candidates will be given at least seven minutes to campaign to the electorate.