The District Returning Officer invited 372 Supervisors, presiding officers and polling assistants for training at St Joseph Vocational High School in Nakasongola town for training ahead of general elections to be held on Thursday, January 14.
According to Dr Joel Mirembe the head of NUP's professional’s wing, the idea of creating the unit came after only the two days of presidential nominations in Kyambogo and manifesto launch in Mbarara in which more than 20 party leaders and supporters were badly injured by security agencies.
Prossy Najjuka, one of the parliamentary aspirants says that they are disadvantaged by the large geographical coverage of their constituencies because, for each group that they meet, they are expected to spend. The district has 606 villages.
According to the notice dated August 14, all aspirants for Parliamentary Seats are supposed to pay 100,000 Shillings, aspirants for all district seats, and LC III leadership seats are expected to pay 50,000 Shillings, while Town Councilors will pay 30,000 Shillings. Billboards will separately be charged a fee ranging between 30,000 and 50,000 Shillings each, depending on their sizes.
In a message to URN, the 68-year-old minister, who has served two five year terms in parliament, says he is retiring from elective politics but will continue serving in government. He however, didn’t respond to our query why he is quitting elective politics.