The Jinja city returning officer, Jennipher Kyobutungyi has nominated 46 candidates for the different parliamentary electoral positions within the city.
17 candidates were nominated for Jinja north division, 12 for women representatives, nine candidates for Jinja south east and eight
candidates in Jinja south west.
25 candidates were nominated as independents whereas 21 were
sponsored by different political parties.
Jinja north registered the highest number of independent
candidates which was 12, of whom six are women. Jinja
south east constituency has four independents while Jinja south west recorded three.
Of the old parties, Uganda peoples’ congress-UPC, presented the least number of
candidates with only one candidate for the women representative position, but
failed to sponsor other aspirants for the remaining three directly elective
positions within the city.
Three female independent candidates were nominated for
directly elective positions within the city.
They include; Zam Zam Nakakande
and Sophia Namakika for Jinja south east constituency whereas Rebecca Kauma was
nominated to compete in Jinja north division.
Meanwhile, Mercy Ataho, the Iganga district returning
officer nominated 41 candidates who comprise of 14 candidates for Kigulu north
constituency, 13 for Kigulu south, eight in Iganga municipality and six women
Speaking on phone with URN on
Saturday, the Kiira region elections officer, Emmanuel Mastiko said that the
nomination exercise was peaceful throughout the 12 electoral districts within
Busoga sub region as they recorded minimal cases of candidates violating the set electoral
commission guidelines. However, one candidate from Namutumba district whose
names have been withheld was nominated in absentia because he tested positive
Mastiko adds that,the candidate’s covi-19 positive
result certificate was presented to them by the district health officials on Friday.