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MPs Seek to Increase Clout By Voting in Rural Constituencies

Some of the leaders URN spoke to said that although they have residences in Kampala where they spend most of their time, they opted for the village registers in their constituencies in order to support the people who voted for them.

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Majority of Members of Parliament returned to their constituencies to vote for the Local council leaders.

Some of the leaders URN spoke to said that although they have residences in Kampala where they spend most of their time, they opted for the village registers in their constituencies in order to support the people who voted for them.

Dokolo Woman MP Cecilia Ogwal says that she returned to vote from the village because her constituents are responsible for her stay in parliament.  "I have to vote for them because last time they voted for me. And besides people in Kampala don't vote for me, so it will be very unfair for me to leave my candidate," Ogwal told URN in an interview.

The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga and the Deputy Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah also voted from their villages in Kamuli and Omoro districts respectively.

The Leader of Opposition Winifred Kiiza says she is happy about voting for her candidate in Kisinga Sub County in Kasese district. Kiiza says it is very important to stand with the locals in a bid to reorganize the leadership in the areas.

Meanwhile, Manjiya County MP John Baptist Nambetsye says he is not voting because this could end up dividing his voters. “I vote in Bududa, but how will you feel, if I lined up behind one candidate and left you, yet you are also my voter," Nambetsye said.

Golooba Mutebi, a Political analyst says the move by the MPs in their constituencies shows that the MPs want to keep their Political base strong.

He says that the fact that parties have supported candidates, having MPs participate in the elections at village level cements their support. He adds that looking at the fact that party gave out money, the MPs need to be in the villages to mobilize by their presence. He, however, cautions that lining beyond candidates could be divisive.

 

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However, Jotham Taremwa, the Spokesperson of the Electoral Commission says it is by choice for one to register in their constituencies or out of it. He says one is supposed to vote where they registered.

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