Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The ruling National Resistance Movement – NRM has already secured seats in the 11th parliament after six of its candidates went through unopposed.
By the close of the two-day country wide nomination exercise yesterday, NRM candidates in Ik county in Kaabong district, Bugahya county in Hoima district, Buyamba County in Rakai district, Nakaseke North in Nakaseke district, Arua district woman representative and Buyanja East in Kibaale district had been declared unopposed.
This is the second time that Hilary Lokang for Ik and Pius Wakabi for Bugahya were elected unopposed.
For Gyaviira Ssemwanga, he defeated the current MP for Buyamba Amos Mandela in the NRM primaries and he chose not to come as an independent candidate. Arua district’s Lilian Paparu Obiale, Buyanja East’s Emely Kugonza, and Nakaseke North’s Enock Nyongore were new faces contesting in the recently created constituencies.
Speaking to Uganda Radio Network -URN, Paul Bukenya, the acting spokesperson of the Electoral Commission said he couldn’t comment about the particulars of the candidates who were nominated because they are still compiling statistics.“I think by Monday, we shall have a clear picture on the particulars of the parties which fielded candidates,” said Bukenya.
Our efforts to speak to Emmanuel Dombo, the NRM’s director of Information and Publicity were unsuccessful. In a short message, Dombo said he couldn’t speak now because he was in a meeting.
On the other hand, Rogers Mulindwa, the spokesperson of the NRM secretariat said he couldn’t comment on the matter now before the Electoral Commission comes out with a comprehensive report about nomination. “Has the EC released the official list? I wouldn’t like to rely on social media,” said Mulindwa.
This is not the first time the NRM goes into a general election with parliamentary candidates who go through unopposed. In the 2016 general elections, the party had 10 MPs who went through unopposed in different parts of the country.