Four candidates out of sixteen who picked up forms to contest in Jinja east by-elections have been nominated to contest.
Those nominated so far are Faisal Mayemba an independent candidate, Nathan Igeme Nabeta (NRM), Paul Mwiru (FDC), Francis Wakabi (independent). The Jinja East by-election is anticipated to be one of the most contentious by-elections this year.
“This is not an election between me and Nabeta, but one between me and President Museveni.” Said Paul Mwiru shortly after being nominated.
During nomination Nabeta and his team insisted he is an educated man and will win the by-election. According to press reports a new by election was announced on January 12, 2018 by the Court of Appeal. On July 18, 2016, the High Court judge , Lydia Mugambe ordered Nathan Igeme Nabeta out of Parliament and declared Paul Mwiru as the duly-elected MP for Jinja- East Municipality, it was established then that the results that had been announced in the 2016 elections from the Polling station of Danina A-D were fraudulent. However, Nabeta rejected justice Mugambe’s ruling by filing a new case in the Court of Appeal, but the court also ruled that the election had fallen short of international accepted standards of elections and, therefore, announced a by-election.
A statement issued by the Coalition for ElectoralDemocracy in Uganda-CCEDU indicates that they will closely observe the processes of by-election through long-term and short-term observers so as to give a balanced picture of the election. CCEDU will achieve this through its robust membership infrastructure.
The statement states that CCEDU will observe and report on are pre-election, which entails voter register update, nomination and campaigns. During elections processes which entails, opening and set-up, polling, counting and tallying.
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