The Clerk of Parliament Jane Kibirige has rejected the withdrawal of Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Secretary for Mobilisation Ingrid Kamatenesi Turinawe, from the race for the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA), by her party.
In a letter written to Ms Kibirige by FDC President Major General (rtd) John Gregory Mugisha Muntu, he said the party was fielding only one candidate, Florence Ibi Ekwau.
‘ This letter is to notify you that as a party, we are withdrawing candidate Kamatenesi Ingrid Turinawe and retaining one candidate, Ekwau Ibi Florence effective the date of this letter. We thank you for your urgent action on this matter,’ Maj. Gen. Muntu wrote to Ms Kibirige.
However, a day the Clerk wrote back to Gen. Muntu, bringing to his attention the ‘Rules of Procedure’ in respect to ‘withdrawal or death of a candidate’.
‘I would suggest that the withdrawal of candidate Ms. Kamatenesi Ingrid Turinawe (FDC) as a candidate for the East African Legislative Assembly representing Uganda be done in accordance with the Rules of Procedure of the Parliament of Uganda,’ Ms Kibirige wrote.
Political parties in Uganda with representation in Parliament are supposed to send 9 representatives to EALA, and already the National Resistance Movement (NRM) has finished its nomination exercise, electing six representatives.
Other candidates are expected from the Uganda Peoples Congress (UPC), the Democratic Party (DP) and the FDC.