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NRM members to wait longer as CEC postpones roadmap again

By John Tugume

Added 1st July 2020 11:18 PM

The party's top governing body also approved the appointment of four new bosses at the NRM secretariat

NRM members to wait longer as CEC postpones roadmap again

Justine Kasule Lumumba the NRM secretary general

The party's top governing body also approved the appointment of four new bosses at the NRM secretariat

The National Resistance Movement (NRM) Central Executive Committee (CEC) has approved the appointment of new directors and deferred discussions on the party's election roadmap.

The four approved bosses include Jacqueline Kyatuheire (deputy National Treasurer), Mathias Kasamba (director for mobilisation), Emmanuel Dombo (director of information) and Medina Naham (director of finance and administration).

Kyatuheire replaces Dr Kenneth Omona who was earlier appointed Principal Private Secretary to the President while Naham takes over from Dr Hassan Galiwango.

A press release from the NRM secretariat on Wednesday night said CEC did not reach a conclusive stand on the party's roadmap for elections.

"The meeting, however, deferred the conclusive discussion of the party's roadmap to a later date upon receiving information that Cabinet had approved a statutory instrument spelling out how political parties will conduct their primaries in accordance with the COVID-19 preventing measures," the party said.

"The proposal is expected in Parliament this week. CEC will convene again after the outcome from Parliament," the ruling party statement said.

NRM had earlier amended the party constitution to state among others that primary elections should be held in such a way that supporters line-up behind a candidate of their choice.

Insiders say this has been the main bone of contetion, together with the proposed measures to lock out NRM-leaning independent candidates who will lose the opportunity to represent the party in the general elections.

Several political parties have passed their election roadmaps and invited candidates to express interest to contest for different offices come 2021.

The Electoral Commission (EC) last month rolled out the 2021 polls roadmap, setting dates for nominations and elections.

In the roadmap, the EC said due to COVID-19, campaigns which involve masses were likely not to take place while voting would be help under social distance and other guidelines set by the health ministry.

 

 

 

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