Museveni Guides NRM Caucus After EALA Election Mess

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In short
In a closed-door session at State House Entebbe shortly before heading to fresh polls, President Museveni guided legislators on how elections should be conducted without causing chaos.

President Museveni today regretted the chaos that marred Tuesday's National Resistance Movement-NRM party elections for members of the East Africa Legislative Assembly-EALA.
 
In a closed-door session at State House Entebbe shortly before heading to fresh polls, Museveni guided legislators on how elections should be conducted without causing chaos.
 
 Solomon Silwanyi, the NRM parliamentary caucus vice chairperson confirmed to journalists about the president's communication.
 
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However, despite the president's guidance, one of the aspirants Henry Banyenzaki pulled out as the election took shape citing fraud in the electoral system.
 
"I think for some of us who have principles...it would be betrayal of my conscience to allow myself to be subjected to this electoral system that I do not believe in, I think it is faulty, not just and unfair," said the former minister for Economic Monitoring.
 
He further explained that he did not see the ballot papers as an aspirant only later to notice that even his name was mis-spelt. Banyenzaki described his party's EALA election as a fraud and stage-managed.  
 
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However, Silwanyi said that Banyenzaki's pull out could have been tactical after realising that he was not winning the election.
 
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Meanwhile, the former Bunyole East MP Emmanuel Dombo bounced back in the race he had abandoned on Tuesday evening citing unclear guidelines.
 
Today, Dombo was speaking another language saying that the issue of regionalizing the EALA election had been abandoned by his party hence leaving him with no option but participate in the process.
 
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The NRM parliamentary caucus on EALA polls is under way with the tallying of votes going on in State House's Conference Hall. Journalists are locked out of the conference hall. 

 

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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.