Last-minute Running As EALA Campaigns Hit Final Lap

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In short
Parliament convenes today elect nine legislators that will represent Uganda at the East African Legislative Assembly EALA. It was a busy day on Monday as EALA contenders made last-minute lobbying ahead of todays election. In the open area between the East and South wings of the Parliament Building, one was welcomed with coloured banners with faces of different candidates. These are accompanied by their slogans while all corridors and elevators are littered with flyers and brochures.

Parliament convenes today elect nine legislators that will represent Uganda at the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA).

Members of Parliament are expected to convene at 10am for each of the 47 EALA candidates to campaign in the Chambers before the afternoon voting.

It was a busy day on Monday as EALA contenders made last-minute lobbying ahead of today's election.
                 
In the open area between the East and South wings of the Parliament Building, one was welcomed with coloured banners with faces of different candidates. These are accompanied by their slogans while all corridors and elevators are littered with flyers and brochures.
 
For Independent candidate Lauben Bwengye, his Pajero car parked at Parliament's main parking lot was turned into a campaign billboard of sorts with his posters pinned allover.
 
Some contestants were seen running after each Member of Parliament they set their eyes on to seek for votes, others spent time reading through their manifestos which they will use on the floor of parliament.
 
Uganda Radio Network - URN talked to some of the candidates who shared their strategy and last minute techniques to win votes.
 
Cissy Bayiga, an Independent candidate said she had to write to the Clerk to Parliament Jane Kibirige seeking for a list of all MPs with their contacts as a reference point to send text messages or even call one by one in a view of reaching out to all of them.
 
She also noted how she resorted to moving office to office looking for MPs as a way of campaigning.
 
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Twaha Ibanda, also an Independent candidate told URN that the use of flyers has made him very visible saying that he is making use of strategic corners in parliament like committee rooms, canteen, parliament steps, security check points to market his candidature.
 
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Meanwhile, Florence Ibi Ekwau, the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) candidate told URN that she was relaxing yesterday while planning to campaign on the floor of parliament.
 
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About the author

Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.