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Uganda: NRM top organ adopts lining behind candidates during primaries

Supporters of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) will chose candidates for various elective positions by lining behind them, the party’s Central Executive Committee (CEC) has resolved.

Previously, during party primary elections, candidates were chosen through ballots. However, the system was prone to abuse with some candidates accusing their opponents of cheating leading to some of them to contest as independents for various political offices.

The new arrangement was announced on Saturday during their ongoing CEC retreat at Chobe Safari Lodge in Nwoya District

CEC, the highest organ of the NRM, is chaired by President Yoweri Museveni.

The decision will be introduced to other party organs for the amendment of the NRM Constitution before it’s enforced.

According to the NRM party spokesperson, Mr Rogers Mulindwa, lining behind candidates is aimed at reducing the cost of conducting internal elections.

Mr Mulindwa said that President Museveni, also agreed that the method will reduce commercialisation of the electoral process and promote self-evaluation.

He said it will reduce the number of petitions filed by persons who are not satisfied with the outcome of the ballot process adding that it enhances transparency because losing candidates can easily see that fewer people lined behind them.

The party secretariat, according to Mr Mulindwa, will soon release a detailed programme for the district conferences to further consider the proposal.

CEC also set up a subcommittee to enhance resource mobilisation for the party. The sub-committee chaired by the party’s 1st National Vice Chairman, Hajji Moses Kigongo.

By Daily Monitor

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