NRM sued over sham elections


NRM Electoral Commission boss Dr Tanga Odoi

A member of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) has dragged the party to High Court challenging the election of the national vice chairperson at the Namboole delegates’ conference recently.

Mr Nicholas Kwarija, who was one of the contestants for the post of National Vice Chairperson (Western) NRM youth league claims that he was nominated for the same post together with other four candidates but his photo and name were omitted from the ballot paper which has caused him to suffer inconveniences.

He wants court to award him general damages he suffered as a result of irregularities in the elections.

“I protested against the anomaly but the NRM Electoral Commission Chairperson, Mr [Tanga Odoi] advised that my names be written in pen and voting proceeds and in doing this results were greatly prejudiced giving my opponent Mr Nicholas Nuwagira victory,” reads part of Mr Kwarija’s complaint filed in court.

He contends that the election and declaration of his opponent Mr Nuwagira as the National Vice Chairperson was a sham, null and void since it was conducted at night contrary to the regulations for NRM primary elections 2015.

According to court documents, Mr Kwarija avers that he incurred various costs, canvassing for votes in the 26 districts in Western Uganda for which he seeks adequate compensation.

He wants court to declare the election of his opponent illegal, null and void.

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