The opposition National Unity Platform (NUP) and the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party have started vetting party members to be nominated for the four vacant positions in the upcoming residual and bi-elections in Rakai District.
The vacant positions include: the Male Youth Councilor for Kifamba sub-county, Female representative for the Elderly in Lwentulege Town council, the female councillor for Persons with Disabilities for Lwamaggwa Town council, and Female representative for the Elderly in Mweruka Town Council.
Kifamba Youth Councilor’s seat and the seat of the female representative for the elderly in Mweruka Town Council fell vacant after the death of the two elected leaders, one of them in an accident and another, due to natural causes.
Lwentulege and Lwamaggwa town councils on the other hand are holding a residual election because no contestants showed interest in the positions during the general elections
According to Rakai District Registrar Sylvia Tegyeza, the nomination of candidates will start on November 29 and conclude on November 30, 2021, while the campaigns will take place from December 2-14 ahead of elections to be conducted on December 15, 2021.
The Secretary of the National Unity Platform in Rakai district Paul Muwonge, says they are now working with the NUP leaders at the sub-county level to identify competent candidates for screening. He says whoever makes it through the vetting process will be their flag bearer on these positions.
Muwonge explains that they have enough support to regain the post of Kifamba Male Youth Councilor as well as all the other positions.
Meanwhile, the Rakai NRM Secretary Elisa Wangi Ssemanda also says they are already prepared to front experienced candidates for the four positions.