Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Electoral Commission has nominated 66 persons seeking to contest for parliamentary positions in the 10 constituencies of Kampala city, spread around the five divisions. They include 59 aspirants for directly elected positions and seven others for the woman MP seats.
According to the breakdown, Lubaga South attracted the highest number of aspirants with 13 contenders, followed by Nakawa West with eight candidates. The Kampala woman’s parliamentary seat has seven candidates and so is Nakawa East, and Makindye East, Lubaga North has four candidates, Kawempe North and Makindye West have six candidates each while Kampala central has five candidates.
According to Fredrick Muwaya, the Kampala district returning officer, the exercise that started at 9 am on Thursday and ended slightly after 5:30 pm, was largely successful. He says that more than 70 people had booked appointments with the Electoral Commission to be nominated on day-one of the exercise.
But four of these were left out by the time the exercise ended and were advised to report tomorrow. An additional 20 aspirants have been booked for nomination on the second day of the exercise.
A few aspirants failed to meet the requirements and were sent away. Muwaya said that the Electoral Commission was very clear on the use of attires or headgear which connotes anything to do with political affiliation.
Nominations will resume today at 9:00 am to 5pm.