The ruling National Resistance Movement party have released their roadmap for Parliamentary and District Chairperson primaries for newly created districts.
The party’s Deputy Chairman for Electoral Commission (EC), John Alimpa while speaking to journalists in Kampala said that a number of activities including; consultative meetings, nomination of candidates and update of the voters’ register have been concluded.
“You know we have six new districts, the NRM EC has a running roadmap for party primaries for the parliamentary and district woman legislators, Local Council LC V chairperson and some councillors,” he said.
Alimpa said the party has additionally prepared for Hoima Woman MP by-elections after their representative crossed to a new district.
The new districts are; Nabilatuk curved off Nakapiripit district, Kasanda from Mubende, Kwania from Apac, Kapelebyong from Amuria, Kikuube from Hoima and Bugweri from Iganga.
“However as earlier communicated, we put off he polling date until further notice, the commission shall by the end of this week make a formal communication on the way forward concerning the polling date for the seven districts,” he said.
According to the National EC, they will display the National Voters registers for 10 days until 14th November.
Nomination of candidates shall be on 6th and 7th of November, while campaigns shall run for 18 days from 19th November.
Tough Vetting Process
The party issued strict guidelines for its members intending to compete in the party primaries as the process of getting flag bearers for local council elections in the newly created seven districts gets underway.
The NRM chairman electoral commission Dr. Tanga Odoi tasked aspirants to ensure they are registered voters in their respective villages and have certified educational documents.
“Expression of interest and picking of nomination forms starts immediately. The staff of the NRM commission will remain in active work because they will be giving forms to aspirants. Aspirants must express interest in writing,” Tanga said.
“We demand of any aspirants, a declaration from the National Electoral Commission that one is a voter because at time we lost seats because someone is not a voter. You must not be a cultural leader, you must pay a non refundable expression of interest fee of Shs2m for Woman MP and Shs 1.5M for District chairperson,” he added
Tanga also called upon aspirants to verify their academic credentials because the party is tired of losing petitions in court under related circumstances. “They must come with certified papers.”
“You must not be employed in an organisation wholly owned by government,’ he added.
Some of the new districts expect to elect Local Council chairpersons include; Nabilatuk, Kapelebyong, Kwania, Bugweri, Apac and Mubende
In September 2015, government created new districts, to be phased in four years. In July 2016, the first four districts; Kagadi and Kakumiro from Kibaale, Omoro from Gulu, and Rubanda from Kabale were created.
In July 2017; Namisindwa from Manafwa, Pakwach from Nebbi, Butebo from Pallisa, Rukiga from Kabale, Kyotera from Rakai and Bunyangabu from Kabarole were created.
In July 2018; Nabilatuk from Nakapiripirit, Bugweri from Iganga, Kasanda from Mubende, Kwania from Apac, Kapelyebong from Amuria and Kibuube from Hoima were created.
In July next year; Obongi from Moyo, Kazo from Kiruhura, Rwampara from Mbarara, Kitagwenda from Kamwenge, Madi-Okollo from Arua, Karenga from Kaabong and Lusot from Moroto will be created.