Campaigns in the by-election for the Hoima woman member of parliament have gained momentum, days after the nomination of candidates to contest for the seat.
The seat fell vacant after Tophace Kaahwa Byagira the former woman MP chose to take on the role of representing the newly created Kikuube District that was carved out of Hoima and became operational in 2018.
Kaahwa’s decision is acceptable under the Parliamentary Elections Act 2005 (as amended) section 8 (5) (a) which states that ‘where a new district is created, the following provisions shall apply to the elections of the District Woman Representative to Parliament:
a. ‘The District Woman Representative of the original District affected shall continue to represent the district of her choice’
Following Kaahwa’s choice to represent the newly created Kikuube District, Asinasi Kamanda Nyakato (Forum for Democratic Change, FDC) and Harriet Businge Mugenyi (National Resistance Movement, NRM) were nominated for the Hoima seat last week.
Kahwaa’s choice of Kikuube District over Hoima meant that the Hoima seat fell vacant and needed replacement.
In a statement released by the Electoral Commission on August 6 this year, the Electoral Commission banned all fundraising activities in Hoima and Kaabong Districts where by-elections are due to take place.
The statement reads in part: ‘During this electoral program, no fundraising activities shall be allowed in Hoima and Kaabong Districts. The purpose of this ban is to allow a leveled ground for candidates in the race.’
Updating of the National Voters’ Register took place between 12th and 16th August, 2019 according to the Electoral Commission Program.
Display of Voters’ Registers and Issuance of Voting Location Slips is on going till 6th September, having started on 28th August.
Campaigns are to run from 30th August to 24th September, 2019 and have started in high gear.
In a bid to take the Hoima seat, opposition parties have fielded a joint candidate Asinasi Nyakato from the Forum for Democratic Change.
Today, Asinasi was joined Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi on her campaign trail as the clock ticks to 26th September when voting will take place.
Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine is the People Power icon whose influence in by-elections has yielded bitter fruits for the ruling party NRM.