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Kawempe NRM Members Ask Party to Scrap Voting by Lining Up

The members say that the fear for lining up could be responsible for low turn up in Friday's party primaries. They add that through lining up, voters interests are exposed, yet at the same time, this takes away one's political privacy.
05 Sep 2020 17:17
Members of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) party in Kawempe South are asking the party to review its policies and suspend a provision for voting by lining up behind preferred candidates.

The members say that the fear for lining up could be responsible for low turn up in Friday's party primaries. They add that through lining up, voters interests are exposed, yet at the same time, this takes away one's political privacy.

Jane Kabawesa, the NRM Elections Officer for Kawempe district says most of the candidates, officials and mobilisers at the lower local councils who belong to various factions in the NRM party did not participate in the primaries.

Bakasiba Diana, an NRM voter from Kawaala says that she refrained from participating in the polls for the fear that she would be in trouble if her husband ever knew her choice. She asked the NRM party members to stop the lining up in the upcoming primary elections for local council party card bearers in order to realize a better voter turn up.  

But Juma Kauma, a polling agent at Makerere Yellow Primary School commends the lining up of voters saying it has brought peace in the NRM primaries, by stopping perpetrators of violence, who organize violent acts to stuff ballots or steal ballot boxes. 

He says the NRM members should only send the right message to the right voters and encourage them to vote in the upcoming local council primaries.

Faridah Nambi, Solomon Mayanja and Shamim Nafuna, who contested in yesterday's race all supported the lining up exercise saying it is a more transparent method of voting in Uganda. But Edirisa Tenywa, another contender says voting by lining up is very costly, exposes one to hate and is time-wasting. Tenywa thinks that the NRM party leadership should consider other voting alternatives too.

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