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NRM registers 10m

By Vision Reporter

Added 6th July 2005 03:00 AM

THE National Resistance Movement (NRM) has distributed about 10 million membership cards ahead of the July 28 referendum that could usher in a new multiparty political dispensation.

THE National Resistance Movement (NRM) has distributed about 10 million membership cards ahead of the July 28 referendum that could usher in a new multiparty political dispensation.

By Alfred Wasike

THE National Resistance Movement (NRM) has distributed about 10 million membership cards ahead of the July 28 referendum that could usher in a new multiparty political dispensation.

“We are sending out another three million cards because there is demand in Kibaale, Mubende, Kiboga, Kabarole, Kamwenge, Kyenjojo and other places,” the NRM interim spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo, said yesterday.

He said the NRM membership registration strategy was residence based and was targeting Ugandans of at least 16 years of age in addition to other voters because “they are the next generation of voters.”

“In the next couple of years, they will form the next population of voters. This will not contradict the electoral Commission age limit of 18 years,” Opondo said.

“We are also insisting that membership recruitment is based on the residence of the potential voters. This will help eliminate election frauds who want to register at their places of work,” he added.

“There is a lot of enthusiasm in the population for our cards. For example, in Mukono town council there are 1,200 registered voters.

By Monday when I got my card, they had registered 778 people (for NRM). Some people who just work there and don’t live there were turned away but we gave some exceptions,” he said.

He said in the next two weeks, NRM registrars would “cross-check our registration against the Electoral Commission’s national voters’ register and the current national population census report to avoid mistakes.”

NRM registers 10m

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