EC refuses to nominate Mao


Mao checks his briefcase after being asked for a national ID [URN PHOTO]

The electoral commission has turned way Democratic Party President, Norbert Mao, in the ongoing countrywide nomination of parliamentary candidates.

The two-day nominations for Member of Parliament aspirants kicked off this morning with more than 10,000 candidates expected to return nomination forms to Electoral Commission (EC) district returning officers.

Meanwhile, Mao is seeking the Gulu Municipality Member of Parliament seat.

When he appeared at the nomination venue Wednesday, EC officials asked Mao for a national identity card.

The DP president explained to the officials that he didn’t have the ID but EC insisted.

In the end, EC turned him away, skipping his nomination.


Mao at the nomination venue [URN PHOTO]

A day back, Uganda Radio Network reported that Wilfred Ochola Hiram, the Gulu Municipality Forum for Democratic Change-FDC parliamentary candidate had rejected a directive from the district party chairman to step down in favour of Mao.

Ochola told URN that the Gulu FDC party chairman, Simon Toolit, asked him to withdraw from the race in favour of Mao.

Ochola says he will not heed to the directive that comes a few a days to the official nomination of parliamentary candidates.

Ochola says both the FDC party headquarters and district leadership endorsed him as the flag bearer.

The Ugandan parliament is composed of 238 Constituency Representatives, 112 District Woman Representatives, 10 Uganda People’s Defence Forces Representatives, 5 Representatives of the Youth, 5 Representatives of Persons with Disabilities, 5 Representatives of Workers, and 10 ex officio Members.


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