DP President Norbert Mao

Democratic Party candidate Lillian Babirye Kamome has withdrawn from Kyadondo East parliamentary race to create chance for an opposition candidate to win the seat.

At the weekly press briefing at DP headquarters in Kampala, party President Norbert Mao said Babirye’s withdrawal was arrived at following intra-party consultations.

“After consultations of party leaders, the party asked her to step down which the candidate agreed to,” Mao said adding that “the party is bigger than individuals and we believe that the decision taken will channel victory to an opposition candidate.”

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The Kyadondo East parliamentary seat fell vacant after the nullification of Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) candidate Apollo Kantinti’s election by High court Judge Isabirye Kaweesa, on grounds that the Electoral Commission did not comply with the electoral laws.

Subsequently, the National Resistance Movement (NRM) candidate William Sitenda Sebalu, filed an election petition in which he accused the EC of violating electoral laws. Sebalu also claimed that the election was characterized by voter bribery among other irregularities.