Kampala—August 12, 2020: Uganda Peoples Congress (UPC) party has announced Friday, 14 August 2020 as a day for its primary elections.
“…..UPC wishes to inform the party membership, general public and all members who picked nomination forms for the positions of LC 3 Chairpersons and Sub-county Councillors that there will be party primaries on Friday 14th August 2020, for those political offices country wide purposely to elect one single candidate to carry the UPC flag in the 2021 general elections,” UPC says in a press statement issued Wednesday.
The party’s spokesperson, Arach Oyat Sharon told mediathat the primaries will only be held in areas where there is more than one aspirant who picked nomination forms.
“The successful members who qualify in the party primaries will be nominated between 7th and 17th September 2020 by the electoral Commission (EC) as party flag bearers to represent UPC in the forthcoming general elections,” she adds.
The “Ayu-ayu” thanked all its members who picked nomination forms and are now preparing for primaries, for showing their interests to carry the UPC flag. “We call upon whoever does not go through primaries to rally behind, support and campaign for the successful member. We also congratulate those who went through unopposed.”
“As a social democratic party, we want to assure candidates that the party primaries are going to be free and fair at all various elective positions. The Party Electoral Commission (PEC) team led by its Chairman Hajji Kazimbiraine Mahmoud is on ground to organize and hold the primary elections.”
The Jimmy Akena led UPC asks members, supporters, sympathizers and all people who are eligible voters to vote for UPC candidates when the time for general elections comes.
Party spokesperson says this is “for good service delivery in our respective communities”.
UPC is worried about reports revealing that teen pregnancies and early marriage are skyrocketing in Uganda.
Following closure of schools by government to help contain the spread of coronavirus, young girls continue to face sexual abuse leading to teenage pregnancies.
According to Marie Stopes Uganda and government of Uganda data, as quoted by UPC in its Wednesday press statement, there are about 360,000 teenage pregnancies (25%) that occur annually far from the Health Sector Development Plan (HSDP) target of 14% by 2020.
“UPC is concerned about such development as it hinders the growth and development of the girl child as far as education is concerned. The party has noticed that little has been done to protect the girl child or even bring them justice. We call upon the government to prioritize the issues concerning the girl child and institute “the family inspection systems” as it was alluded by the Ministry of Gender, Labour and social development.”
The opposition political party, UPC, has also condemned the twilight demolition of St. Peters Church – Ndeeba that happened on Sunday, 9th August 2020.
“Whatever the circumstances, the places of worship should be respected! We therefore call upon government to re-construct St. Peters Church,” opposition party demands.