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
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
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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.