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48 Nominated in East African Legislative Assembly Race

According to a roadmap issued by the Clerk to Parliament, the Speaker of Parliament will appoint a verification committee on February 14 to verify the nominated candidates and later submit their names to the clerk for display. The successful candidates will only hold open campaigns on polling day.
Clerk to Parliament Jane Kibirige walks out of her office after nominating candidates from NRM party.

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Parliament has nominated a total of 48 candidates to compete for the 9 East African Legislative Assemblies -EALA slots for Uganda.

The nominations which closed last evening recorded a total of 38 independent candidates.

The others nominated include six candidates from the National Resistance Movement (NRM) party, two candidates from opposition Forum for democratic Change (FDC), while Democratic Party (DP) and Uganda People's Congress (UPC) fielded one candidate each.

Candidates presented by NRM include former Internal Affairs Minister, Rose Akol, former Agriculture State Minister, Mary Mugyenyi, former Kakuuto County MP Mathias Kasamba, former Lira Resident District Commissioner George Odongo, Paul Musamali, a staff attached to the Government Chief Whip's Office and Dennis Namara.

Those presented by FDC are former Kaberamaido Woman MP, Florence Ibi Ekwau and the party's National Mobiliser Ingrid Turinawe. Democratic Party's candidate is the incumbent Fred Mukasa Mbidde while UPC also brings back Chris Opoka.

Chris Obore, parliament's director for communications and public affairs said that all the 48 successfully went through the nomination process conducted by the Clerk to Parliament Jane Kibirige.

For nomination, each candidate was required to provide an intent letter, provide necessary qualifications of joining parliament and endorsement from a minimum of 20 Members of Parliament, among others. Candidates being fronted by political parties were required to provide an introductory letter from the party's Secretary General. Elections will be held on February 28.

According to a roadmap issued by the Clerk to Parliament, the Speaker of Parliament will appoint a verification committee on February 14 to verify the nominated candidates and later submit their names to the clerk for display.

The successful candidates will only hold open campaigns on polling day.

After their nomination today, candidates for the NRM party have pledged to remove bottlenecks that hamper the common market protocol of the East African Community - EAC. Dennis Namara says the laws that enable domestication of the protocols on trade are missing.

 

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George Odongo argues that the common market cannot be harnessed by citizens of member states if their quality of life is still very low.

 

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