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Opposition Disagree on a Joint Candidate for EALA Elections

Opposition political parties on Thursday 22nd September, failed to agree on which candidate to front for the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) elections due to take place on 29th September 2022.

A statement released revealed that a caucus meeting held at Parliament on Thursday by the six opposition political parties with representatives in Parliament, was aimed at reaching to an agreement of having a joint candidate to contest against NRM and Independent candidates.

The statement also indicated that the National Unity Platform (NUP) with the largest number of opposition members in Parliament, pushed for having a joint candidate after failing to front a candidate for the EALA position.

According to a source, the suggestion was met with a lot of encouragement but later turned sour after they failed to agree on which party would represent all of them in the election.

“All the parties wanted to send the EALA representative, NUP argued that since it had the most candidates and votes, it should send the representative,” a source said.

However, this did not sit well with the other parties who argued that since NUP already had majority numbers in parliament, the other parties should be represented in EALA.

Failure to come to a conclusion prompted Leader of opposition Mathias Mpuuga to threaten withdraw from the elections.

“We as NUP are considering a boycott,” he said.

However, the statement read that opposition has set Tuesday 27th September as a day for making the final decision on how to support their candidates that are seeking to represent Uganda in EALA.

The Chairperson of the vetting committee, Hon. Mwine Mpaaka presented a report before Parliament which stated that 28 candidates with 6 from NRM, 4 from JEEMA, FDC, UPC and DP had been confirmed with no queries on their candidature.

According to the report, there are 18 Independent candidates vying to represent Uganda.

The Parliament of Uganda is meant to elect 9 nine people to represent Uganda in EALA from 2022 to 2027.

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