EALA Race: UPC Forwards Opoka, Ojok to Parliamentary Group

UPC President Jimmy Akena

Uganda Peoples’ Congress (UPC) cabinet has Monday vetted and forwarded Chris Opoka Okum and Isaac Ojok Anok as candidates for the East African Legislative Assembly  (EALA) to Parliament for the final vote.

The decision was taken after a cabinet meeting that lasted more than 5 hours at the party headquarters on Floor 6 of the Uganda House.

Only the two members expressed interest in the position by picking, troche filling and returning party nomination forms; a process that ended Monday.

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After the party’s electoral commission registered the interested members, treatment they forwarded the names to the party Cabinet for vetting and later to the party Parliamentary Committee that will choose a suitable candidate to contest with other parties at parliament.

“Upon receiving the roadmap as issued by Parliament on Friday, help we came up with a program and roadmap which included the cabinet meeting,” the party president Jimmy Akena told Chimp reports in an interview.

“We have two candidates that have carried on the process up to this stage and will be forwarded to the UPC Parliamentary Group that will carry out its primary on the 7th of February,” Akena noted.

However some members that had expressed interest for the seat through the media led by Makerere Law Student, Denis Adim Enap bowed out of the race noting that the Parliamentary Group is a team of only 6 members who all hail from Lango  sub-region and therefore cannot service as a credible free and fair electoral college.

On this, Akena explained that the decision was taken since Members of Parliament are the voters and not each cabinet member as it had been suggested by the aggrieved individuals.

“All elections of UPC, the actual electorate participates, for example if you are vying for Parliament, the constituency conference where you are vying will carry out the primaries. In this particular case, the actual voters of UPC in the parliament of Uganda are the Members of Parliament,” Akena explianed.

“Another issue that comes up is that Parliament is appointed by the president though approved by National Council, it will give the president in this case myself a lot of leverage and allow the actual process to come to its logical conclusion.”


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