DP, allies targeting majority MP seats

Kampala- The Democratic Party (DP) has said, together with its allies supporting independent presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi, they are targeting to have a majority of MPs in the 10th Parliament.

Currently, there are 379 MPs with the ruling NRM party enjoying a majority representation in the House.

Addressing journalists at their weekly press conference in Kampala on Tuesday, DP deputy spokesperson, Mr Alex Waiswa, said the party had fronted 100 candidates in 100 constituencies across the country. Currently, the party has only nine MPs in the house.

“In respect of this, we shall be able to have 85 per cent positions in Parliament filled by our members. This will enable us go to the next level because if you do not have a legislature, then you can’t form a government,” Mr Waiswa said.

He, however, hinted that the biggest challenge the party members have had is the high Shs3 million nomination fee charged by the Electoral Commission.

Court yesterday okayed the charge after a challenge by the Conservative Party failed.

In October, Parliament made some amendments to the Presidential Elections Act and the Parliamentary Elections Act.

It increased nomination fees for presidential aspirants from Shs8m to Shs20m and scraped EC funding to nominated candidates.



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