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Many aspirants who came in late were handpicked by some Electoral official's bypassing those that showed up as early as 5:30 a.m to participate in the exercise which started today.
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There is discontent among aspirants for Local council positions over the selective nomination of candidates at the Electoral Commission offices in Ntinda, Nakawa division. Many aspirants who came in late were handpicked by some Electoral officials bypassing those that showed up as early as 5:30 a.m to participate in the exercise which started today.

Thomas Kazibwe, one of the aspirants for a Lord councillor’s seat, says that he arrived at the Electoral commission offices in Ntinda around 5:30 am but he was sidelined the  Commission staff as they handpicked other people.

Kazibwe told URN around 11:30 a.m. that he was the second to register, but many people who came after him bypassed him and got nominated.  

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Gerald Ssegawa, an aspirant for the Wandegeya and Mulago LC V Lord councillor’s seat faulted the Commission for the disorganization. He said it is unfair that the nomination is being run on technical know who as opposed to first come first serve basis.

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Semanda Malegge, the Lubya LCV aspirant also said despite arriving at 5:00 am he had been ignored. The aspirants want the Commission to streamline the nomination exercise to allow for first come first serve basis of candidates.

Fredrick Muwaya Tibakuno, the Ntinda Electoral Commission Returning Officer, says the number of aspirants is overwhelming, saying they might have to send some people home and ask them to return the next day.

He says they are doing their best and hopefully all those who qualify will be nominated. He says many people will get nominated since there is no academic qualification except that of the Lord Mayor. By 11:00 am, over 300 aspirants had shown up at the EC offices in Ntinda awaiting nomination.

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By the time of filing this story, the Electoral Commission was looking at using the registration list to nominate candidates as opposed to the sitting arrangement.

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