Four candidates were on Monday nominated on day one of the nominations for Butebo County Parliamentary by-election.

They include FDC party candidate, Samuel Khalwa, Democratic Party candidate -Zaidi Ziwa and two independent candidates Elisabeth Aisu and Kachio Eriya.

Ziwa was first to be nominated at about 12:30pm at the Electoral Commission offices in Pallisa district, followed by Khalwa at 2:40pm.

Aisu was nominated at 3:25pm while Kachio was cleared at about 4:15pm in an exercise being conducted by Charles Rwebero, the Pallisa District Electoral Commission Registrar.

The exercise scheduled to end at 5:00pm on Tuesday is being supervised by Dr. Badru Kiggundu, the Electoral Commission chairperson.

Rwebero said a total of five people had booked for nominations today including Hamphrey Laai, an independent who failed to turn up.

He said eight others including all the seven people who contested in the NRM primary elections over the weekend have also booked space for nomination on Tuesday, but he was not sure whether they will all turn up.

The NRM party on Saturday declared Dr. Patrick Mutono Lodoi as the party’s flag bearer for the Butebo by-election after beating six of his opponents including Beatrice Asire Mallinga, widow of the late Dr. Stephen Malinga, in the NRM primaries.

Shortly after the nomination on Monday, Zaidi said he was optimistic of DP victory in the June 6th by election. He says if he wins the election, he plans to focus on improvement on livelihoods through improved agriculture, maternal and child health as well as education standards.

Meanwhile FDC’s Khalwa says water and sanitation and education are top on his agenda among other things.

Dr. Badru Kiggundu, the Electoral Commission Chairperson, described the first day as successful.

He said the nominated candidates are set to start their campaigns on Thursday for a period of 20 days until June 4th. He said they have been summoned for a meeting with the commission officials on Wednesday to harmonise their campaign rallies.

According to the Electoral Commission, there are a total of 50,120 registered voters and 90 polling stations in Butebo County.
The Butebo seat fell vacant after the death last month of Dr Stephen Mallinga, who had represented the area since 1996.

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