The Electoral Commission (EC) National Chairman, Justice Simon Mugyenyi Byabakama is yet to consider a request by FDC’s Judith Adyaka Nalibe to withdraw her candidature in the Kaabong Woman MP by-election.
In a letter dated September 12, 2019, Adyaka wrote to Electoral Commission seeking to withdraw from the race. She said she was no longer interested in participating in the elections as a candidate.
Adyaka later noted that her decision was based on the fact that the FDC party had denied her relevant support in form of funding due to her close ties with Bobi Wine’s ‘People Power’ political grouping.
However, on learning about the development, the FDC Secretary General, Nathan Nandala Mafabi wrote to the Electoral Commission objecting to Adyaka’s request.
Mafabi argued that Adyaka would only withdraw her candidature after seeking consent from the party that sponsored her in the race.
Appearing before the Committee on Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, on Thursday, the EC Chairman noted that the Commission is currently caught in a predicament where a candidate has declared lack of interest in the race yet she is barred by law without approval from her party.
Byabakama told MPs that according to Section 19 (2) a of the Parliamentary Elections Act, a candidate can only withdraw their candidature if their withdrawal letter is signed by the Secretary General of the sponsoring party.
The EC boss said the Commission cannot go ahead to declare the NRM candidate Christine Tubo Nakwang unopposed despite Adyaka expressing no interest continuing in the race.
Kaabong District Woman MP seat fell vacant after Lily Akello who has been occupying the position crossed to newly created Karenga district which came to effect in July this year.
Kaabong will go to polls on September 26, 2019.