NRM MPs clash over EC registrars


Government Chief Whip, Nankabirwa


A section of NRM party legislators have asked the party Electoral Commission to appoint new registrars to handle the mass enrollment of party members.

The matter came to the fore on Monday evening during a heated caucus meeting as some legislators accused the party Electoral Commission of sidelining them during the appointment exercise.

According to sources who attended the meeting, the MPs were critical of the fact that some of the registrars have already declared their intentions to vie for elective positions in the 2016 general elections.

Holding the positions of registrars, the legislators contend, gives them undue advantage over other candidates.

However, Ruth Nankabirwa, the government chief whip says the NRM Electoral Commission is mandated to appoint the registrars at its own discretion without due interference from politicians.

She however, says encourages the MPs with complaints on some of the registrars to report to the Secretary General who will deal with them appropriately.

But some MPs such as Peter Panadol Mugema, Iganga Municipality MP say legislators who are crying foul are merely exposing their weaknesses in their constituencies.

“These MPs who are complaining are never in their constituencies. If the EC went to the districts and consulted with members who applied for the positions, the appointment of the registrars would be heavily influenced,” Mugema says.

Patrick Nakabaale, the NRM caucus Secretary says the party is going to hold zonal meetings in all regions to discuss the party roadmap to 2016 general elections, where the MPs will be given opportunity to discuss their concerns.

The caucus is expected to meet again on Thursday this week to discuss the roadmap further.

Currently, the mass registration of NRM members is ongoing across the country to formulate a new party register ahead of the elections.


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