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Former MP Ibi Wins FDC EALA Ticket :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Former MP Ibi Wins FDC EALA Ticket

Former Kaberamaido Woman MP Florence Ibi Ekwau has won the Forum for Democratic Change FDC party ticket for the East African Legislative Assembly EALA.

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Former Kaberamaido Woman MP Florence Ibi Ekwau has won the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party ticket for the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA).

                        

Ekwau beat nine other aspirants winning the party ticket with 20 votes followed by Ingrid Turinawe with 18 votes. The other aspirants included Patrick Baguma with nine votes, Paga Gloria with 5 votes, and Kyambadde Wilberforce who got four votes.

The other FDC aspirants who were eyeing the EALA ticket are Ayo Innocent, Herbert Mayemba, Joseph Tundyebwa and Augustine Ojobile.

According to FDC spokesperson Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda, the aspirants first engaged in an open campaign at the party's headquarters in Najjanankumbi before the National Executive Committee (NEC) members voted.

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When contacted, Ekwau expressed appreciation to the party's NEC members saying that the process was fair and peaceful and that whatever the outcome of the election, she would have accepted them.

She noted that if endorsed by parliament, she will stand on the principles of political federation for the region saying that she will push for term limits in all East African Community (EAC) countries.

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Ekwau also noted that she will make sure that Ugandans are part and partial of the processes deliberated about at the Arusha based Assembly.

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Ekwau now joins other candidates already endorsed by political parties. Uganda People's Congress (UPC) is fronting two candidates Isaac Ojok and Chris Opoka while Democratic Party (DP) is fronting Mukasa Mbidde.

These four will join the six candidates that the National Resistance Movement (NRM) party caucus will come up with after their election on Tuesday at State House Entebbe.

A total of 43 EALA aspirants were nominated for the race and on Friday, the party's Central Executive Committee (CEC) chaired by President Yoweri Museveni endorsed all of them for an election in the party's parliamentary caucus.

According to the standing orders, EALA slots are shared on numeral principle with each member state's dominant party getting more slots than the parties with few legislators in parliament.

Uganda has only nine slots whereby the NRM party takes six, opposition parties two and Independents have one.

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