The Opposition Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) has today scheduled September 26, 2020 as the day it will hold Party Primaries for Parliamentary aspirants.
“Party nominations for members of parliament were closed on 11th September 2020, pending Party Primaries slated for 26th September 2020. All this should be done following the Ministry of Health SOPs and guidelines,” said the UPC spokesperson Sharon Oyat on Wednesday.
However, unlike the recently held National Resistance Movement (NRM) Primaries, she said UPC flag bearers shall be elected through secret ballot.
So far, she said, over 200 members have expressed intent to carry the party flag in forthcoming Polls.
“For the areas where we have candidates, we have Alebtong, Lango, Gulu, West Nile and other areas of Uganda including Kampala. We have a Member of Parliament who is aspiring Kyadondo East. We also have in Bushenyi.”
At least 18 Party bigwigs have already sailed through unopposed.
These include Party President James Jimmy Akena who is vying for Lira East, Jonathan Odur, Betty Amongi the incumbent Oyam South legislator who also doubles as Minister for Kampala City Affairs.
Officials at the Party also revealed that UPC will also be fielding candidates in NRM strongholds at Local Government level.
Key among these include; Rachel Akankunda who is contesting for the position of Kabwohe Division Councilor in Bushenyi and Bonny Ongura who is vying to become Itek Sub County Local Council three (LC III) leader.
Asked whether their preparations shall not be affected by a court ruling that nullified James Akena’s leadership, Oyat responded that they will not be swayed much as they are studying its details.
“We shall let you know what we decide. Our concern now is to see our candidates participating in the general elections,” she stated.