Delegates convened at district and zonal levels to elect members of the party's top organ, the Central Executive Committee (CEC).
ELECTION OF NRM CEC MEMBERS
Presented byJoseph Kizza
Another busy day in the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) camp as delegates across the country went to the ballot to elect the members of the Central Executive Committee (CEC), the party's top organ.
4:10pm | Mukula edges Tanna in Soroti
In the Soroti vote, the main contest for the NRM vice-chairperson for Eastern was two-way and Capt. Mike Mukula has come out triumphant with 97 votes. Sanjay Tanna got 13 votes with the other contestants managed no votes, reports New Vision's Godfrey Ojore, who has been covering the election today.
3:44pm | The ballot is on
Meanwhile, voting is still on in Kaberamaido . . .
3:37pm | Kadaga edges Namuganza in Soroti
In Soroti, the district NRM electoral commission chairperson Musa Oroma and his team, together with agents of all candidates, counted the votes, reports New Vision's Godfrey Ojore.
Speaker Rebecca Kadaga got 89 votes in Soroti for the position of second NRM national vice-chairperson (female), with her closest challenger Persis Namuganza Persis garnering 18 votes.
Jane Amongin got two votes, one better than Deborah Kinobe.
Meanwhile, the Mbale NRM chairperson Muhamud Masabi verified the files.
2:30pm | Counting of polls
Tallying of votes under way in Kabarole district.
2:15pm | What happened in Kikuube?
By Ismael Kasooha in Kikuube district:
Voting is done in Kikuube district and President Yoweri Museveni has poll 63 for both positions of presidential flagbearer and national chairman. Maj. Gen. Matayo Kyaligonza, who is on home turf, polled 63 out of 63 votes cast for western.
Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga polled 43 votes while Persis Namuganza got 20 votes. Karisa Karangwa polled 46 for central region, beating Godfrey Kiwanda who garnered 12 votes. John Magoro got 3 votes, Twaha Kiganda one and Muhammad Nsiegumire got no vote.
For northern region, deputy Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanya got 53 votes, Samuel Odong four, Sam Engola four and Timothy Jokire got one vote.
For Karamoja region, Simon Alepa garnered 45 votes while Jimmy Lokere had 13 votes. In Eastern region Capt. Mike Mukula got 50 votes, Sanjay Tana 11 and and Christine Akello one. For Kampala region, Godfrey Nyakaana got the maximum 63 votes.
The district registrar Kikuube for NRM, Pascal Musuuga says the elections were smooth and peaceful.
1:55pm | Not a rosy picture in Mbale
While voting has gone on without incident in many parts of the country, the same cannot be said of Mbale, where the process has not been smooth.
Allegations of ghost names on the register have sprung up, igniting verbal exchanges amongst delegates. Some people with disability (PWDs) have been refused to voted, reports New Vision's Paul Watala.
Police teams have been pictured readying to intervene if the situation worsened.
1:30pm | The latest . . .
Delegates are voting in Kagadi district.
But in Kabarole district, voting is done and the returning officer says they are about to start counting the votes.
12:53pm | Minister Kyambadde votes in Mpigi
Trade and industry minister Amelia Kyambadde cast her ballot in Mpigi at Nsibuka Country Gardens in Mpigi Town Council.
Meanwhile, voting is going on in Mbale . . .
12:15pm | Minister Sam Kutesa in Ssembabule
Foreign affairs minister and Ssembabule district NRM party chairperson, Sam Kutesa, had his temperature taken at the Ssembabule playground where the elections are taking place.
Meanwhile, a jolly-looking supporter of Rebecca Kadaga displays a poster bearing the image of the Speaker of Parliament as Kutesa looked on at the town council premises.
12:00pm | All smooth in Kyenjojo
In Kyenjojo, delegates started voting at exactly 11am and the exercise is still going on, reports New Vision's Wilson Asiimwe, who is at the Kyenjojo district headquarters in Kyenjojo town council, where the election is taking place.
11:54am | Agents cast ballot first
New Vision's Ismael Kasooha:
"In Kikuube district voting began at 11:15am, with agents of the candidates casting their votes first so that they can oversee the process."
11:50am | Voting under way in Mbale
Eventually, the delegates in Mbale allowed to go ahead with the voting. The process is also all-inclusive, with the persons with disability (PWDs) actively taking part.
11:43am | Allowance before voting
Initially, Mbale delegates demanded their allowance before going ahead with the elections at Mbale Senior Secondary School, reports Paul Watala.
11:37am | Good turnout in Mpigi
Delegates from Mpigi district showed up in big numbers to vote for their CEC representative. By 10:30am, 65 out the 70 delegates had cast thier votes, according to New Vision's Simon Ssekidde.
Voting is taking place at Nsibuka Country Gardens in Mpigi Town Council.
11:25am | Mask up!
While the observance of the social distance measure due to the coronavirus pandemic is commendable in the Bundibugyo election, some delegates, like the one pictured below, need to be reminded of the importance of properly wearing a mask.
It is not for the chin!
11:20am | All-inclusive process
It is an all-inclusive election process, as seen here in Soroti, where Capt. Mike Mukula is vying to retain his seat as the NRM national vice-chairman for Eastern. He is up against Sanjay Tanna, the former Tororo Municipality MP.
11:05am | In Bundibugyo
Meanwhile, Bundibugyo NRM delegates are voting at Bundibugyo Primary Teachers' College.
The district LC5 chairperson has made an appearance to cast his ballot.
10:55am | Writing name of your preferred candidate
In Kikuube, the positions to be voted for are 10, reports New Vision's Ismael Kasooha. But there will be no casting of votes. Rather, each delegate will write in a book the name of the candidate of their choice, according to NRM district registrar Pascal Musuuga, who is managing the elections in Kikuube.
Each position has a separate book and all regions will be voted for.
10:47am | In Mbarara
Mbarara district NRM delegates are voting at the NRM offices in Mbarara City.
10:40am | In Manafwa district . . .
Voting in Manafwa delayed because the electoral officials claimed that they had not received their allowance, according to New Vision's Paul Watala, who is right there on the ground.
10:22am | 'All positions will be voted for'
In Kikuube district, the home district of Maj. Gen. Matayo Kyaligonza, delegates were by 10am still arriving and being oriented on how the process will run.
Pascal Musuuga, the NRM district registrar, says that all positions will be voted for, including those who candidates sailed through unopposed.
He says that even the presidential candidate and chairman of the party, Yoweri Museveni, and the national vice-chairman Hajj Moses Kigongo will be voted for to show that they had support from all districts. "There must be evidence that the delegates indeed supported their candidature."
10:10am | Voting under way
Voting has started one hour late in Soroti. The materials delayed to arrive, according to party official Charles Elasu. There are 122 delegates registered to vote.
9:30am | Getting all set
In Kaberamaido district, all is set for the voting.
It is a generously warm Thursday in the eastern Uganda district.
And the spirits are high too.
In Soroti, also in eastern Uganda, delegates arrived early to prepare to cast their ballots. This is the home district of Capt. Mike Mukula.
As many as 122 delegates are registered in the district to take part in today's elections. Materials delayed to arrive and the voting is expected to start at around 10am. A little while ago, officials were busy preparing the place, with the delegates arriving one by one.