The ruling Jubilee Party’s top decision-making organ is set to explore extending the deadline for hopefuls seeking its tickets to submit their papers and money before the primaries later this month. This comes “as a result of tremendous support among aspirants,” according to the party’s deputy secretary general Joshua Kutuny. Kutuny claimed the party had registered over 4,200 hopefuls for various positions, including governor, senator, MP, and MCAs, as of Wednesday evening, and that more were still showing interest.
He stated that the party’s top officials will meet today to discuss extending the period that expires today in order to prevent more hopefuls from being locked out. Jubilee has been on an aggressive drive to revitalize itself since last month, including rebranding, installing new officials, and launching grassroots campaigns. “In the last several days, we’ve received thousands of applications from people interested in governorships, MP seats (at least three in each constituency), and MCA seats.
We have received 700 MPs’ aspirants and over 3,500 MCA aspirants as of yesterday (Wednesday), so we are considering extending our deadline to provide those who are still coming to us an opportunity,” Kutuny added. The United Democratic Alliance’s (UDA) National Elections Board said two days earlier that the deadline for paying nomination fees had been extended to March 5 and that the primaries would be held between April 9 and April 16.
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