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EC, NRM Clash over Roadmap in New Districts

However, the ruling National Resistance Movement-NRM party had declared August 8-9 as nomination dates for candidates seeking the party ticket and August 15 as election for the NRM party candidate in the new district. But the party election date falls for days ahead of the date set by the national Electoral Commission.
Cissy Natongo, middle is oen of those fighting for NRM party ticket for Kyotera Woman MP polls.
The Electoral Commission has disregarded a proposal to adjust its election roadmap for Kyotera District.

The roadmap released last week indicates that nominations for Parliamentary aspirants for the district which was recently carved out of Rakai will be held on August 10 and August 11. Kyotera, together with five other new districts will be voting for woman legislators and LCV chairpersons on August 29.

The other districts are Namisindwa carved out of Manafwa, Rukiga-carved out of Kabale, Bunyangabu carved out of Kabarole, Pakwach carved out of Nebbi and Butebo carved from Pallisa.

However, the ruling National Resistance Movement-NRM party had declared August 8-9 as nomination dates for candidates seeking the party ticket and August 15 as election for the NRM party candidate in the new district.

But the party election date falls four days ahead of the date set by the national Electoral Commission. This prompted the NRM party to ask the Electoral Commission to adjust the nomination date from August 10 and 11 to a later date in order to ensure that all processes are catered for.

The NRM nomination and selection process involves validation of membership and education certificates by the party electoral commission and payment of a non-refundable fee of two million Shillings from each of the aspiring contenders. 

Paul Bukenya, the deputy spokesperson of the Electoral Commission says it is now impossible for the electoral commission to change the dates due to time constraints.  The law provides that new districts, are supposed to hold elections for woman MPs within 60 days after operationalization.

This implies that the Electoral Commission now has up to 20 days to hold elections in the districts which were operationalised on July 1.Bukenya adds that all other players in the electoral process have to comply with the roadmap released by the Electoral Commission.

Dr Tanga Odoi, the NRM's Electoral Commission Chairperson said NRM does not intend to revise its roadmap either. He told Uganda Radio Network in a telephone interview that the development is less bothering to the party.

“…That is our roadmap. I will not change the date of our party primaries. That is the set date and don't ask me about the implications,” Odoi said when asked if NRM intended to change its nomination dates to align with the roadmap by the Electoral Commission.

However, the mismatch has left aspiring NRM candidates confused.

Rachael Nakitende, one of those seeking the NRM party ticket, told Uganda Radio Network that the uncoordinated roadmap is frustrating to aspiring candidates. She is now considering contesting as an independent candidate if EC nominations are held before the NRM process is completed.

Up to four politicians have expressed interest to contest in Kyotera district parliamentary race. They are Rachael Nakitende, Cissy Nantongo, Dalia Nanyange and Robinah Ssentongo.

Ssentongo, who contested in the disputed Rakai Woman MP race as an Independent candidate has now been endorsed as the DP candidate in Kyotera district.

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