DP Elections Finally Underway

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In short
John Baptist Kawanga, the presiding officer of the elections says the exercise started late because after the aspiring candidates moved to meet the delegates region by region the delegates asked them to address them again that is why the exercise also delayed.

More than 1000 delegates of the Democratic Party have started casting their votes in the long awaited elections of their National leaders during the ongoing delegate's conference.

The exercise that started at 2:00 am was launched by Norbert Mao the incumbent President of the party who is also seeking re-election followed by Dr. Michael Bayiga Lulume his opponent.

The National party Chairperson Mohamed Kezaala who is nominated for the post unopposed also voted for the aspiring candidates. This was after the Electoral Commission that had earlier on given the party 15 ballot boxes for the exercise later added 35 others.

John Baptist Kawanga, the presiding officer of the elections says the exercise started late because after the aspiring candidates moved to meet the delegates region by region the delegates asked them to address them again that is why the exercise also delayed.

He is however hopeful that the elections will be contacted in a free and fair manner because the delegates remained disciplined after small hiccups that emerged when they started displaying the names of the aspiring candidates.

Before the aspiring candidates started addressing the delegates in joint campaign chaos ensued after names of some aspiring candidates who were nominated failed to appear as candidates. This forced Patrick Katuramu who is aspiring to become the deputy publicity secretary and Jakoba Jamid to storm the table where the organising officials were displaying the names.

It took almost 15 minutes for calm to be restored as the two aspiring candidates demanded that if their names are not included no voting will take place amidst fruitless efforts from the security team to have them evicted from the central table where the election organisers were seated.

The delegates are expected to elect aspiring candidates for at least 40 vacant elective positions within the party which among others include the President General and his National Vice chairperson, Secretary General and deputy, National Chairperson and his deputy, Treasurer General and the deputy among others.

According to Kawanga, immediately after the voting exercise, vote counting will start so that the results will be later declared on Sunday.
 

 

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Ronald Batre
Ronald Batre is so passionate about journalism that he did not wait to finish school before he started his career. This is how he started with Radio Paidha, The West Niler, Daily Monitor newspapers and later with Radio Pacis as Assistant News Editor.

To be allowed to practice his passion, Batre had struck a deal with his parents. He would complete his education. He kept his word and went through school while suporting himself with his journalism.

Entering the workplace so young attuned Batre to the plight of the youth and those who seek employment. Apart from that, he is interested in reporting about politics, local government, business and the environment. A witness to some of the destructive impact of the Lord's Resistance Army rebellion in northern Uganda, Batre is interested in reporting about peace building efforts too.

Uganda Radio Network's former Gulu bureau chief, Batre is now based in Kampala. He is URN's main politics correspondent. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.