NRM Extends Voting Time In Primaries

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National Resistance Movement deputy spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo says the party agreed to extend voting time from 4 pm to 5 pm, because of delayed delivery of voting materials.

The National Resistance Movement has extended voting time because of late start to voting in many parts of the country.

NRM deputy spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo told the press that the party agreed to extend voting time from 4pm to 5pm.

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Voting at most polling stations across the country started late, because of delayed delivery of voting materials.

Opondo also confirmed the postponement of primary elections in four districts.

He says elections in the districts of Wakiso, Namutumba, Lwengo and Kiruhura have been called off for a number of reasons including misspelt aspirants' names, missing names on ballot papers, wrong ballot papers delivered and police connivance with some candidates. 

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Elections in Wakiso district were postponed because the ballot papers indicated that the Wakiso district Woman MP Rosemary Sseninde had a competitor, yet she is unopposed.

In Namutumba, the process was halted because the name of the sitting, MP Wilson Mpongo was misspelt on the ballot paper.

Elections in the above three districts have been postponed to Wednesday.

Kiruhuru district primaries were halted after the Nyabushozi MP aspirant, Michael Nyamuguri Kananura died in a motor accident two days back. The NRM will now start a fresh nomination process.

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Opondo attributed all the chaos in the party primaries to mistakes made by the party's electoral commission.


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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.