Canon Andrew Nyote (R), the UPC Electoral Commission (EC) Chairperson addressing a press conference.
Canon Andrew Nyote (R), the UPC Electoral Commission (EC) Chairperson addressing a press conference.
Canon Andrew Nyote (R), the UPC Electoral Commission (EC) Chairperson addressing a press conference.
Canon Andrew Nyote (R), the UPC Electoral Commission (EC) Chairperson addressing a press conference.

Uganda Peoples Congress (UPC) has today revealed the 7 candidates aspiring for the party’s presidency. This was disclosed by the party’s Electoral Chairperson at a press held at the party’s headquarters in Kampala.

Canon Andrew Nyote, the UPC Electoral Commission (EC) Chairperson disclosed that 9 aspiring candidates picked Declaration and Nomination forms, 7 of those returned the forms and fulfilled the requirements as set out in the party’s EC rules. “The party Electoral Commission is pleased to inform all party leaders at all levels and all party members that there was overwhelming response from potential party leaders,” said Canon Nyote.

The party’s EC chairperson  unveiled the 7 successful candidates as Bossa Joseph, the UPC vice president, Kakonge Edward, Ogwal, Ochen Julius, Okello Dan, Okirror Ken and Wandeke Sam. “Those are the 7 who acted in time between 20thand 24 April 2015. The party EC will complete the processing and submit to the party district conferences,” said the Canon.

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The 7 candidates will canvass for votes at district conferences on 27 April to 14 May. The District Committees will nominate their candidates on 16th May, after the candidates will hold national campaigns that will run for 12 days starting on 23 May. Elections for the new party president will be held on 12 May 2015.

Commenting on the Shs10billion shillings given to political parties by the country’s Electoral Commission, UPC spokesperson Okello Lucima said  the party would use the money to help in running of the party activities in the country. He said the money was legit and parliament was going to include it in the National Budget. “The money is legitimate.. We will use it properly to run our party,”  stated Lucima. “We in the interparty platform have been pushing for this.”

“We ask the government not to use this chance to use more money from the treasury to run their party business,” cautioned Lucima. “Why the government delayed, we can not speculate. It’s coming too late but we will try to make good use of it,” added the UPC spokesperson.

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