The Forum for Democratic Change and National Resistance Movement political parties are gearing up for the 2011 general elections in Jinja after the two political parties concluded their party primaries.
The two most popular political parties in Jinja are wielding a massive sweep of most political posts in Jinja basing on the candidates they have fronted for the 2011 general elections.
Meddy Mbentyo, Jinja FDC party spokes person, says unlike in the 2006 general elections, the party has fielded more candidates for various posts. This he says will give the FDC an upper hand in the 2011 general elections to maintain and win more posts.
The FDC party has fronted more than 300 candidates at all elective levels, which include parliamentary, Local council Chairpersons and councillors, compared to less than 50 in 2006 elections.
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Abubaker Maganda, Jinja FDC chairman says the FDC is in for the 2011 general elections to handle the issues affecting the people of Jinja like Land wrangles and corruption that has marred Jinja town in the last five years.
But this leaves the FDC party in Jinja with internal wrangles that many think, will dent the party's popularity in Jinja.
The official party candidate for Jinja west constituency has not been declared as both Hon. Harry Kasigwa and Simon Muyanga Lutaaya wait for a court decision on the elections that were held in May 2010. Hon. Harry Kasigwa was declared winner for the Jinja west constituency FDC flag bearer, but his candidature is disputed by Simon Muyanga Lutaaya.
Magidu Dhikusooka, Jinja NRM vice chairperson, says the NRM is better prepared party in Jinja for the 2011 general elections. The party has more support, and this was witnessed in the NRM primaries where more than one candidate contested.
He says the FDC has fronted weaker candidates who have been defeated before in the past elections. He says the problems of differences among the losers in the NRM party primaries will be settled together as NRM members to gear up for the 2011 general elections.
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The NRM party has more than 40 petitioners to the NRM secretariat over election fraud in the recent NRM primaries and many of these have vowed to stand as independent candidates.
But the Jinja NRM vice Chairman, Magidu Dhikusooka, has vowed to block anyone who stood in the NRM primaries to bounce back as an independent candidate.
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As the two rival political parties brace up for the 2011 general elections, the Democratic party and other independent candidates who are not attached to any party will come up to stand for elective posts and may capitalise on the weaknesses of the two to canvas for votes in Jinja district.