EALA Verification Committee Named

A 20 Member Committee has been named to verify all the independent candidates vying for election to the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA).

The Committee to be headed by Ntungamo District Woman Representative, Hon. Beatrice Rwakimari, was named by the Rt. Hon. Speaker, at a sitting of the House on Tuesday, 14th February 2017.

Rebecca Kadaga said that the elections for representatives to the regional assembly must be carried out 90 days before the expiry of the current assembly.

"By 6th March 2017, we should have selected and gazetted our representatives and reported to the Secretariat in Arusha," Kadaga said.

The Speaker informed the House that the Committee would verify all the candidates who are independent of any political parties and ensure that they meet all the requirements for election to the regional Parliament.

"The candidates must be citizens of the partner states, must be registered voters, of sound mind and must not be under any sentence of death or under imprisonment for nine months," she added as she read out the terms of reference for the Committee.

The Speaker urged the Committee to work expeditiously and report to the House by 20th February 2017.

33 persons returned nomination forms as they vie to represent Uganda on the Independent ticket to the East African Legislative Assembly.

Among the 33 is incumbent and also former Member of Parliament in Uganda, Hon. Suzan Nakawuki. She seeks to return to Arusha for her second term.

Each of the five East African Community Partner States elects nine representatives to EALA every five years.

The elections will be held on 27th and 28th February 2017. The Members of the Ugandan Parliament form the electorate.

Source: Parliament of Uganda