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FDC Aspirants, Party Electoral Commission Bicker Over Register

Isaac Nabende, an aspirant for the Industrial City Division FDC parliamentary ticket, says they can’t proceed with the primaries with the available register.
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Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party members in Mbale District have clashed with their leaders over the voter’s register. It all started after the district party leadership revealed plans to use the 2015 voter’s register for primary elections, which didn’t go down well with the aspirants.      

This prompted the members to storm out of the meeting convened at Life Changer’s Church in Mbale City on Wednesday. They argued that the register is incomplete since its lacks the names of members from the village and parish structures and only starts at the sub county level.   

Isaac Nabende, an aspirant for the Industrial City Division FDC parliamentary ticket, says they can’t proceed with the primaries with the available register.    

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Yunus Nagaluma, the Lwaso Sub County FDC Chairperson, said they will not allow the primaries to take place unless the district party leadership explains why the register lacks the names of village and parish delegates.    

 

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Ali Muhubu, the Namanyonyi Youth Councilor and Nakaloke Sub County FDC Chairperson, Rashid Were, says using the current register will lockout many people from the primaries.  

 

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Fauzi Buubi, who represented Paul Wanyoto, one of the aspirants for the Industrial Division City parliamentary ticket, told those dissatisfied with the process to the petition the Party's top organ for redress instead of bickering.  

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Badru Nabende, the FDC General Secretary and in charge of the elections acknowledged the challenges in the register especially in Northern City Division where the names of parish and village delegates were missing from the register. 

He however, said the party headquarters gave them green light to use the contested register.

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