7 pick forms to replace Otunnu at UPC




At least seven aspirants have picked application forms seeking to vie for the presidency of Uganda People’s Congress-UPC party.

Last month, UPC issued its road map ahead of the 2016 polls.

It set April 17th as the final date for receiving application for aspirants seeking to contest for the party president.

Dr Olara Otunnu, the incumbent UPC president had earlier on indicated his plans to step down from the party leadership.

Okello Lucima, the UPC party spokesperson told URN on Friday morning that up to seven party members had picked the application forms.

He however, declined to reveal the particulars of the aspirants saying the UPC Electoral Commission will make the announcement in due time.

However, URN has established one of the aspirants as Dan Okello, the Lira District UPC party chairperson.

According to Lucima, once the party Electoral Commission processes the applications, eligible aspirants will seek endorsement from delegates at the district level.

This will be followed by open campaigns for the elections scheduled on June 12.

For one to be eligible for the UPC presidency they must be 18 years and above, registered party members, have at least advanced level of education and should have an audited account to prove they are not bankrupt.

David Baliriane, the chairperson Planning Committee for the Implementation of the UPC party road map says they have not faced any challenges apart from the failure by Jimmy Akena’s faction to withdraw suites against the party.

He says they are currently involved in the necessary preparations to elect a new party head.


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