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UPC nullifies Atubo election

By Vision Reporter

Added 21st September 2005 03:00 AM

The Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) does not recognise the election of Otuke MP Omara Atubo as one of the Ating Parish (Lira) representatives to the party’s coming delegates’ conference.

The Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) does not recognise the election of Otuke MP Omara Atubo as one of the Ating Parish (Lira) representatives to the party’s coming delegates’ conference.

By Geresom Musamali

The Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) does not recognise the election of Otuke MP Omara Atubo as one of the Ating Parish (Lira) representatives to the party’s coming delegates’ conference.

The grassroots elections took place in Lira and Apac districts on Saturday. Parish chairpersons were elected, who, in turn, nominated nine members of the parish cabinet. Seven other members of the parish executive committee were elected and 10 delegates were picked for the national conference.

Omara Atubo is one of the 10 from Ating.

UPC Constitutional Steering Committee (CSC) chairman Haji Badru Wegulo, however, said on Monday that Omara Atubo arrived late at Ating, and that somebody who had been elected stood down for him.

Wegulo did not name who stood down for Atubo but said they were waiting for the official report before taking action.

Atubo yesterday dismissed Wegulo’s position.

“I took great care of everything. I knew there were likely to be uncomfortable developments so I have pictures of all the proceedings at the polls,” said Atubo.

He said he arrived at Ating on Friday and signed in as party member No. 54 in the parish register, adding that the following day he was at the polling station as early as 9:00am. Atubo said the polls took place between 11:00am and 2:00pm and at no time did anybody stand down for another.

“I have reports that after the polls some UPCs held a meeting in Lira to doctor the lists. I am not surprised by their claims,” he said.

Lira Municipality MP Cecilia Ogwal has cried foul, saying she was locked out of the polls in her Bazaar Parish in the municipality.

Wegulo said, “What do you expect them to say? They are heaping their own failings on the party headquarters.” He said all the Lira MPs reportedly resolved not to go to the polls because they wanted to be elected unopposed in absentia, as a sign of their popularity but the electorate felt otherwise.

“When Omara Atubo heard of Ogwal’s fate he rushed to the polling station and somebody stood down for him,” said Wegulo.

“But the party regulations say when an elected person is no longer interested in the post, the runner-up takes it. The person who steps down does not simply appoint an absentee to replace him,” he added.

CSC vice-chairman Livingstone Okello Okello yesterday appealed to non-members of the party to leave the UPC apply its own regulations to manage its processes.

He said the misinterpretation of events in Lira have arisen because other parties are not minding their own business.

UPC nullifies Atubo election

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