Tanga warns, puts lid on boiling speaker race

NRM Electoral Commission Chairman at the party headquarters

NRM Electoral Commission Chairman at the party headquarters

The ruling NRM Electoral Commission has closed receipt of interest forms for those vying for the position of speaker and deputy speaker of parliament.

The race now has two candidates for speaker-ship; Rebecca Kadaga who is defending her seat and deputy Jacob Oulanyah who wants to grab it from her.

Other seven candidates are vying for deputy speaker all under the NRM ticket with one independent candidate.

Lwemiyaga County MP Theodore Ssekikubo who was earlier blocked at last  submitted his expression of interest forms for the deputy speakership on Friday.

Others in the race include; Mohammed Nsereko, the Kampala Central Member of Parliament, Ndorwa West MP, David Bahati, Monicah Amoding, Jovah Kamateeka, Abbas Agaba and Denis Obua.

NRM electoral commission chairman said the return the expression of interest forms closed on Friday evening at 5pm.

“Those are the candidates that we will forward to the Central Executive Committee [CEC] on Monday for vetting,” Tanga said.

He said after CEC, the names vetted will be sent to the caucus for voting.

Tanga warned candidates against misbehaving or using bad language.

“I want to emphasise that no one is allowed to campaign during the weekend or addressing a press conference until after CEC on Monday.”

Tanga said anyone who does so should avoid tackling speaker issues or will be taken on.

After CEC endorsing the candidates, they will be free to go for nominations at NRM head offices and then be flagged off to commence campaigns.

“We shall have a press conference on Tuesday.”

Tanga also clarified that President Museveni hasn’t endorsed any candidate for speakership.

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