The National Unity Platform party has kicked off the vetting process of candidates who seek to carry their flag in the 2021 general elections.
The party kicked off the exercise on Wednesday at the NUP/PP secretariat at Kamwokya and according to credible sources, all candidates are to be summoned for assessment by the Elections management committee. The exercise started with the vetting if greater Mubende aspirants who turned up at the secretariat on Wednesday. Incumbent Kassanda North MP, Patrick Nsamba, the NUP women’s league leader Flavia Nabagabe, Frank Kabuye who seeks to unseat Simeo Nsubuga turned up and were successfully vetted.
Today, MP candidates from the Eastern region are already undergoing vetting. A source in the committee says the assessments are reliant on the candidate’s mobilization capacity and the ability to sustain a campaign. “We are looking at the campaign infrastructure, a person having a task team to carry out campaigns and identification with the voters,” says one of the committee members. “We want credible candidates who are on ground and have good working relations with the people and their communities,” he adds.
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The NUP however says the vetting process is to be decentralized to regional offices in Gulu, Mbarara and Mbale where fully fledged premises have been established. “This will help the party catalyse its activities so we do not have any delays and contradictions,” says one of the sources in the committee. “In cases where some committee members are candidates, we shall have them relieved of their duties in a bid to extinguish any element of bias,” he adds.