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FDC, DP Short of Candidates in Sembabule Races :: Uganda Radionetwork

FDC, DP Short of Candidates in Sembabule Races

By the closure of the nomination exercise by the Electoral Commission on Wednesday evening, out the 46 newly created positions; DP only managed to front nine candidates while FDC nominated only four, against 43 independents and 56 from the NRM camp.

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Opposition politucal parties;  Forum for Democratic Change-FDC and Democratic Party-DP have failed to front candidates in all elective positions in Sembabule district.

Cabinet recently approved the creation of nine sub counties of; Kawanda, Mitete, Mabindo, Kyera, Mitima, Ntete, Nakasenyi, Katwe and Bulongo in Sembabule district. They will be going to the polls on July 17.

However, by the closure of the nomination exercise on Wednesday evening, DP had only managed to front candidates in nine out of the 46 available slots.FDC had a tital of four candidates against 46 NRM and 43  independent candidates.

According to Latif Ngozi, the Sembabule district Electoral Commissions Returning Officer; out of the nine Sub Counties chairperson's position, DP fronted 3 candidates while FDC nominated only two, leaving the others between  NRM and independents.

Dick Lukyamuzi Ssenyondo, the DP National Executive Council representative for greater Masaka sub region acknowledges the deficit, attributing it to a hostile environment against opposition politics in the area.

Lukyamuzi claims that although the party has reasonable numbers of supporters in the area, they are still afraid of contesting for elective positions.

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Lawrence Ssewajje, the DP regional secretary for mobilisation says the district has a history of intimidation of opposition politicians, which works against the party.

He claims that even would-be candidates are threatened by the situation. He however adds that the number of nominated candidates gives them a start to rethink their mobilisation strategies.

Robert Ssemyalo, the FDC Secretary General for Sembabule district saidnhe was unable to give an answer about the situation.

Last week, a team of FDC leaders from the party headquarters led by their central region Vice President and Rubanga Municipality Mayor, Joyce Nabbosa Ssebugwawo, was in Sembabule to prepare candidates for the elections, but their results have not yielded much.

Backer Byayi Ssenyonga, the spokesperson of the Uganda Federal Alliance who is contesting for the  Mitete sub county chairperson's seat also chose to contest as an independent.

Ssenyonga has partly attributed the situation to weakness in opposition parties for not preparing enough to find suitable candidates for positions especially in rural constituencies even when they would have interest.

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The Electoral Commission has cleared the nominated candidates to begin their campaign on June Friday 8.