The stage is set for the National Resistance Movement (NRM) to elect flag bearers for the Special Interest Groups (SIGs) Parliamentary elections ahead of the 2021 general elections.The ruling party will tomorrow (Saturday) see its SIGs elect flag bearers for Youth MP, Workers MP, Older Persons MPs and Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) MPs. Each SIG is represented by five MPs.This will be the first time older persons getting special representation in Parliament after the House recently reviewed representation ahead of the 2021 general elections. With the Youth MP Flag bearer race attracting over 50 contestants, the party’s Electoral Commission has denominated two over issues related to their age being contested while two others voluntarily withdrew.In a statement dated October 6 and signed by the Vice Chairperson of the NRM-EC Mr John Arimpa Kigyagi, the two denominated contestants are Mr Abdul George who was seeking the flag for Northern region Youth MP and Ms Mercelina Busomoke the contender for the National Youth MP.“The candidates who were denominated from the race are Abdul George (Youth Northern) and Busomoke Marcelina (Youth National). Fellow contestants are therefore accordingly informed,” the statement reads in part.Also two contestants for the Central region Youth MP Flag bearer race withdrew their candidature. Mr Kigyagi did not reveal the reasons for the withdrawal of Mr Kalim Abdu Ziritwala and Ms Sharifah Birungi.Much as the statement did not reveal the reasons for the denomination of Mr Abdul and Ms Busomoke, the former had his age contested shortly after being nominated by the party.Ms Busomoke while speaking to Daily Monitor yesterday insisted that she was not denominated as a result of any petition but she withdrew her candidature having made mind to run as an Independent candidate.
“I was not denominated for such reasons but I wrote a letter to the Chairman Electoral Commission withdrawing my candidature. I decided to contest as an Independent for my own reasons” Ms Busomoke said.