Parliamentary Elections Underway for Persons with Disabilities

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Former Minister Florence Naiga Ssekabira is seeking to unseat Hajat Safia Nalule Jjuuko, the incumbent PWD woman MP. Also competing for the same slot is prominent lawyer and Human Rights advocate Laura Kanushu.

Election of parliamentary representatives for Persons with Disabilities has kicked off at the Colline Hotel in Mukono district where a total 560 delegates, 5 from each of the 112 districts of Uganda have convened.

Persons with Disabilities form one of the special interest groups with up to five legislators in the national assembly. They include four regional representatives and one national female representative.

In the race, former Minister Florence Naiga Ssekabira is seeking to unseat Hajat Safia Nalule Jjuuko, the incumbent PWD woman MP. Also competing for the same slot is prominent lawyer and Human Rights advocate Laura Kanushu.

Alex Ndeezi the incumbent PWD central region representative is facing competition from Kasule Senfuka and John Bosco Lukwago. Hood Katuramu Kiribedda is facing a challenge from Bernard Mayanja, Geoffrey Kabateraine, Edgar Bwire and Abel Bakunda Mwesigye for the Western region seat.

The northern Uganda race is pitting incumbent William Nokrach against Joyce Acan Ondoga. Hellen Grace Asamo the incumbent legislator for Eastern region is unopposed.

Unlike the procedure in the just concluded presidential and parliamentary election, there is no biometric voter verification machine for authenticating voters.

Delegates present their National IDs for validation against the voter's register before being issued with a ballot paper. The categories of disability considered are the blind, deaf, lame or crippled and albinos. 

Stewart Tamale the Returning Officer says the candidates are only using the delegate's conference to elect representatives because they had enough time to campaign between December 3rd to February 20th, 2016.