MP Bayiga Contests DP Delegates Register Ahead of Elections

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Lulume an aspiring candidate for the DP presidency announced during the open campaigns of the party on Friday a head of the elections on Saturday that if the anomaly is not corrected he will challenge the outcome of the elections.

Buikwe south Member of Parliament Dr. Bayiga Lulume, has contested the number of delegates who have turned up for the National Delegates Conference saying some of the them are not genuine.
 
Lulume an aspiring candidate for the DP presidency announced during the open campaigns of the party on Friday ahead of the elections on Saturday. He added that if the anomaly is not corrected he will challenge the outcome of the elections.
 
He has been demanding for the delegates register since his nomination on July 7th but he managed to access it on Thursday evening during the time for accreditation.
 
Because of this Lulume constituted a team of his supporters to scrutinize the register  who he claims have found a lot of anomalies ranging from missing names of delegates to people smuggled in intended to rig the elections.
 
Lulume said that the first mistake on the register is the lack of telephone contacts against the names of the so-called delegates presented to them.
 
The election procedures and guidelines of Democratic Party require that all the delegates elected to the delegate's conference provide their names and phone contacts.
 
Bayiga also wondered why some constituencies that are represented in parliament like Jinja, Kampala Central, Luweero, Kawempe North, Kawempe South, Mbarara and Masaka are not on the register. These constituencies have filed petitions challening the election of some of their leaders.
 
The register has two Bokoolo constituencies. While Bakoolo is known to exist only in Bugiri district, the register claims there is another Bokooli North constituency in Jinja district represented by five delegates.
 
Meanwhile the DP register has also made up two more constituencies in Kiboga district. These are Ntwentwe and Butemba constituencies that have no representation in parliament.
 
Harriet Nalubega a member of parliament under Democratic Party who is also a delegate has been exempted from the list of the delegates of the party.
 
Despite all these anomalies, Lulume says he will not quit the race for the presidency of the party.
 
Suleiman Kidandala, the national organizing secretary of the party, says so far only Harriet Nalubega's name is missing and this has been communicated and she will be allowed to vote.  
 
Kidandala says that Lulume's complaint about late release of the register is a mere allegation because all contestants for elective positions had access to the register on Thursday. This was because some data from districts were sent in late.