President of the Republic of Uganda and the Chairman of the ruling political party, the National Resistance Movement (NRM), H.E. Yoweri Museveni has summoned the party’s Central Executive Committee (CEC), to decide on the electoral roadmap for internal elections on flagbearers for next year’s general elections.
A notice by the President to CEC members seen by this news website dated July 8 indicates that CEC meeting will convene on Sunday July 12, 2020 at State House Entebbe beginning at 11:00am.
According to the agenda, CEC members will consider the NRM Electoral Roadmap after the communication from the Chairperson.
The national Electoral Commission (EC) last month announced a revised roadmap for next year’s General Elections where it banned mass rallies and conditioned political parties to choose flag bearers by July 21.
The NRM Central Executive Committee (CEC) has since convened twice to decide on the mode of voting but didn’t make any headways.
During the first CEC meeting presided over by their National Chairperson and President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, members failed to agree whether to line up behind candidates as provided for in the NRM constitution or adopt the secret ballot model.
As such, they postponed the meeting to Wednesday July 1, with hope that consensus would be reached. The second meeting instead differed the conclusive discussion of the party’s Road Map 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 preventive measures.
Indeed, last week, Constitutional affairs Minister, Prof Ephraim Kamuntu presented to parliament a set of regulations to be followed by political parties during internal elections. They were then sent to the rules committee of parliament.
But while communicating the the CEC resolution, Rogers Mulindwa after the second meeting, the NRM Senior Manager Information Communications and Public Relations, said CEC will convene again after the outcome of parliament on the matter.