NRM Sets Date For Local Council Primaries

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Richard Todwong, NRM Deputy Secretary General, says the party is awaiting Parliament to conclude amendments to the electoral bills tabled before the House last week before setting dates for LC 5 and MP primaries.

The ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party has set 5th and 8th October as the date for party primaries for local council positions.

The NRM Electoral Commission chairman, Dr. Tanga Odoi told journalists Tuesday that on 5th October, the elections will be held in Northern, Karamoja, Eastern and Western regions. Elections in Buganda and Kampala region will be held on 8th October.

"We are doing this under Article 39 of the NRM Constitution which allows this election to be decentralised and mandates the EC to set priority for elections. We are doing so in order to have a clean election," Odoi said.

The set primaries will be for Local Council 5 councilors, Local Council 3 chairpersons and councilors, as well as municipal councilors.

Odoi says apart from Amudat, Rubaga and Bukedea whose grassroots elections were not held due to irregularities, the rest of the districts have fully fledged district structures.

Regarding delays in holding the primaries for parliamentary, LC 5 chairpersons and mayoral seats, Odoi says the decision to set a date solely lies in the party's top decision making body, Central Executive Committee.

"The primary elections are big elections which we don't want to crowd. If we held all of them, it would be a mess," he said. He however declined to comment further on the matter, referring URN to the NRM Secretariat.

While the delays have created unease among aspirants across the country, Rose Namayanja, the NRM National Treasurer was non-committal on when the elections will be held.

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However, Richard Todwong, NRM Deputy Secretary General says the party is waiting for Parliament to conclude amendments to the electoral bills tabled before the House last week.

The bills include the Presidential Elections Amendment Bill, Parliamentary Elections Amendment Bill and Electoral Commission Amendment bill.

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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.

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