Six women are among the twenty eight parliamentary candidates who have been nominated in Mbale district.
The candidates are incumbent Mbale Woman Member of Parliament Rutanji Nagudi who is seeking re-election on independent ticket, Susan Wakabala, Elizabeth Nabonga, Nasibo Nadunga, Connie Nakayenze and Nagudi Mariam.
Rutanji Nagudi and Nabonga are NRM leaning having participated and lost in the National Resistance Movement party primary elections. The candidates have promises ranging from fighting poverty to empowering women on their rights.
Mariam Nagudi who is seeking election on Forum for Democratic Change ticket says she will ensure that women are enlightened on their rights so that they can make informed choice during voting time.
She explains that the greatest challenge facing the women is ignorance which makes politicians to exploit them during electioneering process.
Connie Nakayenze, the NRM candidate says her priority will be to lobby government to finance income generating projects for women.
Nakayenze faults her predecessor Rutanji for allegedly mobilizing women into groups and then failing to finance their activities.
Umar Kiyimba the Mbale Electoral Commission District Registrar says 28 out of 50 candidates who had picked nomination forms were successfully nominated by the close of the exercise.
Kiyimba says the electoral commission did not meet any challenges during the exercise because most candidates met the requirements.
// Cue in: "Most of the people..."
Cue out "...28 in total" //