NRM Postpones LC1 Primaries Over Delayed Funds Top story

2818 Views Kampala, Uganda

In short
Northern, Western, Eastern and Karamoja regions will hold the elections on Monday September 7, starting at 9 am. Elections in Central region and Kampala will be held on Wednesday September 9.

The ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party has postponed the primaries elections for Local Council 1 and Special Interest Groups (SIGs) to next week.

NRM Electoral Commission chairman, Dr. Tanga Odoi announced during a press briefing at the commission offices in Kampala, that the elections, which were scheduled to be held today, will be conducted next week.

The regions of Northern, Western, Eastern and Karamoja sub-region will now hold the elections on Monday September 7, starting at 9 am. Elections in Central region and Kampala will be held on Wednesday September 9.

According to Odoi, election materials have already been secured for the exercise and are to be dispatched to the 60,000 villages in the country.

He attributed the postponement to delay in releasing of funds for the exercise but gave assurance that the elections will be held on the set dates without fail.

Cue In: Due to unavoidable circumstances…
Cue Out:…and transport//

On Thursday, Odoi criticized the party's Secretary General, Justine Kasule Lumumba over failure to release the funds in time. When asked about his statements, Odoi brushed it off, instead explaining that there is no rift between him and Lumumba. He says like any organization, there were a few issues on which they disagreed which have since been resolved.

//Cue In: There is no…
Cue Out:…as long as they are//

Hajji Abdul Nadduli, the NRM Buganda chairman, who had come to the NRM offices to pick election materials says the extension will not affect the organisation of the elections.

 

About the author

Olive Eyotaru
Olive Eyotaru is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Eyotaru has been a URN staff member since February 2015.

Eyotaru started practising journalism while still studying at Uganda Christian University. She was a reporter with Ultimate Media Consult Ltd between 2005 and 2007.

In 2009, Eyotaru joined Monitor Publications Limited, under KFM Radio as a parliamentary and business reporter. Consequently, Eyotaru started writing for the Daily Monitor newspaper until January 2015, when she moved to URN.

She is interested in reporting about politics, health, human rights, business and sports.