UPC charges nomination fees like NRM


Otunnu and Akena

The Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) has also introduced nomination forms for aspirants in various positions.

UPC Electoral Commission chairman, Buzu Adroa announced Wednesday in Arua that the party would start charging nomination fees like their NRM counterparts.

According to New Vision, this will not apply to UPC presidential aspirants.

Instead those who want to contest as members of parliament on the UPC ticket will part with Shs 250,000 nomination fees to participate in the party’s primary elections.

Lord Mayor aspirants will pay the same, District chairpersons will pay Shs 150,000 while municipal and city division mayor candidates will pay Shs 100,000.

District councillors, LC3 chairpersons, town council chairpersons and municipal councillors will part with only Shs 50,000 while special interest group candidates will pay Shs 20,000.

Adroa said the forms are available at district offices and the primary elections would be conducted concurrently with the party structure elections.

Grassroots and flag bearer elections will be held on August 18, 2015 starting with village and parish elections while those of district officials are scheduled for August 27, 2015.

The national delegates’ conference will follow 30 days from the date of announcement.

UPC party spokesman, Okello Lucima, told the newspaper that the elections which Lira Municipality, MP Jimmy Akena, claimed to had won was fraudulent and an embarrassment to the party.

UPC remains divided with one faction loyal to Akena housed on the 6th floor of Uganda house, under police protection while outgoing president Olara Otunnu’s group moved to 9th floor.


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