In her October 30th notice, Babikola argues that she is incapable of continuing with the race due to lack of financial resources to canvass for votes across the district.
Zaituni Yahaya Babikola, the NUP Candidate for Sembabule Woman Mp seat
Yahaya Babikola, the National Unity Platform-NUP candidate for the Sembabule Woman
parliamentary race has withdrawn from next year’s general elections.
who is also the NUP Sembabule district coordinator communicated her withdrawal
from the race in a letter to the Party Secretary-General, David Lewis Rubongoya.
The letter is copied to the Electoral Commission Chairperson.
In her October 30th
notice, Babikola argues that she is incapable of continuing with the race due
to lack of financial resources to canvass for votes across the district.
She asked the NUP leadership to formally write
to Electoral Commission to strike her name from the list of candidates vying
for Sembabule Woman parliamentary seat.
Her withdrawal leaves the National
Resistance Movement-NRM party candidate, Mary Begumisa unopposed.
Mpuuga, the Sembabule District NUP Publicity Secretary has confirmed receiving the
notice from their candidate. He says they have unsuccessfully tried to reach
Mpuuga says they are suspicious of Babikola’s conduct because of her
failure to participate in the party’s mobilization activities despite being the
NUP coordinator for Sembabule district.
He says they
will critically analyze the circumstances under, which the candidate decided to
withdraw her candidature.
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Barbra Mulimira, the Sembabule Electoral Commission Returning Officer, says
they are yet to receive an official communication from the candidate or the
political party, which endorsed her nomination.
Efforts to speak to Babikola
have been futile as she neither picked nor returned calls from our reporter. She
also didn’t respond to text message sent to her known number by URN.