NRM discusses 2011 elections

By Vision Reporter

Added 24th May 2009 03:00 AM

The ruling National Resistance Movement party meets tomorrow to lay strategies of winning the 2011 presidential and parliamentary elections

The ruling National Resistance Movement party meets tomorrow to lay strategies of winning the 2011 presidential and parliamentary elections, reports Barbara Among.

The National Executive Council, the party’s second-highest decision-making organ, will hold a one-day closed-door discussion at the State House Entebbe.

“The meeting will discuss the NRM roadmap and the beginning of its preparation for the 2011 elections,” secretary general Amama Mbabazi said yesterday.

Speaking to journalists at the party’s headquarters in Kampala, Mbabazi said the 540 members will discuss amendments to the party constitution. The plan is to change the basis of electing party flag-bearers from electoral colleges to universal adult suffrage. This, Mbabazi said, would help address complaints and complications encountered in the previous elections.

He attributed the high number of independent candidates in the party to the electoral colleges method of voting.

Asked whether the meeting would discuss amendment to the national Constitution, Mbabazi said: “I hope so; but we have not discussed it yet.”

Media reports recently said the party was planning to remove the age limit for the president which now stands at 73 years and for a winner to get a simple majority as opposed to 51% of the vote under the current law. Mbabazi, however, denied this describing it as “speculation”.

They said the meeting would also discuss how much of the 2006 election manifesto had been achieved and lay strategies for the building institutions and party organs.

The meeting will also replace Ruhakana Rugunda, the former chairman of the electoral commission.

Rugunda is now Uganda’s ambassador to the UN Security Council. There are also gaps in the party’s national disciplinary committee.

Registration and accreditation of delegates start today at the party’s headquarters at Plot 10 Kyadondo Road, Kampala.

Meanwhile, the party yesterday said it had won over 85% of the just-concluded Local Council elections. Mbabazi said the NRM also won Kalongo Town Council. The leader of the opposition in Parliament, Prof. Ogenga Latigo, had vowed to resign as Agago MP if the NRM took the seat, Mbabazi said.

According to Mbabazi, the NRM had 652 candidates who sailed unopposed. Out of 471 positions contested, the party won 84.3%, Mbabazi added.

NRM fielded the highest number of candidates, or 1104, while the Forum for Democratic Change had 332, the Democratic Party 45 and the Uganda Peoples Congress 46.

He said in Maracha-Terego areas of West Nile, the party won 21 out of 30 results declared, in Arua won all 35 declared, Pader won 13, Oyam won 10 out of 13, in Apac it swept six out of eight positions, in Lira 11 out of 19 positions, in Gulu four out of seven and in Kitgum it won 21 out of 29 results declared.

In Katakwi, the NRM won 27 out of 31, in Soroti it won 13 out of 26, in Bukedea it took 21, in Kumi it won 26 out of 31 declared results and in Sironko district, it snatched five out of seven sub-counties. “The north and Teso has been politically reclaimed,” said Mbabazi.

He, however, said the party did not do very well in Mukono due to indiscipline that resulted into so many independent candidates, who subscribe to NRM.

NRM discusses 2011 elections

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