NUP Shunned in Dokolo, Fails to Front Candidate for Woman MP By-Election

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The National Unity Platform (NUP) has failed to get a candidate to represent the party in parliament for the District Woman Member of Parliament (MP) for Dokolo district for the by-election slated for Thursday, March 21, 2024.

The NUP chairperson, Mercy Walukamba, sent out a statement on Thursday, February 15, 2024, that appeared on social media X, calling for the people to show expression of interest in the Dokolo district woman representative position in parliament.

However, according to sources, no person has shown interest in contesting under the NUP umbrella.

Political analyst Charles Rwomushana stated that it would be difficult for the NUP to get a representative in Lira, as he says the party practices tribalistic politics.

According to Rwomushana, NUP used the umbrella to win seats in the central region, where people were voting based on the sign and not the capability of the people, something he says will be hard in the Acholi region as the late Cecilia Ogwal was a political icon.

“The Kyagulanyi Gangsters won’t get a candidate in Lira… Advertise in Bukedde,” Rwomushana wrote on X.

The National Resistance Movement (NRM), Uganda People’s Congress (UPC), and Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) are reportedly ready with their flag bearers, who are Janet Elau Adongo, Sarah Nyankori Aguti, and Rosemary Alwo Ogwol, respectively.

On Monday, February 12, 2024, the Electoral Commission released the programme for the by-elections of the District Woman Representative to Parliament for Dokolo District and Councillors on various Local Government Councils in the district where vacancies exist.

The nomination of candidates will be conducted on Monday, March 11 and 12, 2024, at the Office of the District Returning Officer, Dokolo, and the successfully nominated candidates will conduct campaign meetings for seven days, that is, from Wednesday, March 13, to March 19, 2024.

The District Woman Representative seat for Dokolo became vacant following the death of the former Representative (MP), Hon. Cecilia Barbara Atim Ogwal, which occurred on January 18, 2024.

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