The Central Executive Committee (CEC) of the ruling party, National Resistance Movement (NRM), has for the second time failed to decide on the mode of voting in their party primaries to identify their candidates for different elective positions in the 2021 General Election.
NRM’s national delegates conference on January 25 this year adopted lining up behind candidates, their representatives or symbols, on grounds that it would reduce financial and logistical expenses, and foster transparency.
But due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the country’s 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.
This prompted party leaders to convene on Saturday last week to forge a way forward. The meeting which was presided over by their National Chairperson and President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, to among other things decide whether to line up behind candidates as provided for in the NRM constitution or adopt the secret ballot model, did not make any headways.
As such, they postponed the meeting to today, with hope that consensus would be reached.
According to Rogers Mulindwa, the party’s Senior Manager Information, Communications and Public Relations, conclusive discussions on the matter have been deffered to a later date.
“The meeting however deffered 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 preventive measures,” says Mulindwa.
He reveals that the proposal is expected before parliament this week.
CEC is expected to convene again after the outcome of parliament on the matter.