NRM Issues Additional Guidelines Ahead of Today’s Primary Election for Mayors and District Leaders
NRM electoral commissioner Jane Alisemera has said that they have issued additional guidelines in order to avoid a repeat of what happened in last Friday’s elections.
“In the primaries, we will only allow two people for each candidate to be in the tally centre and the Police should chase away crowds at the centres in order to adhere to the standard operating procedures (SOPs) instituted to curb the spread of coronarivus,” she said.
During last Friday’s primaries, some angry supporters of the losing candidates in several places turned violent and tore up declaration forms or beat up registrars.
Alisemera has urged party district registrars not to be in a rush to declare results. “They should tally village by village, looking at figures closely. We have changed some of our presiding officers and put aside others. Some of our staff at the centre are working with out district officials to see how things pan out.”
It is understood that the party’s secretary general, Justine Lumumba Kasule, has since dispatched political teams to all the districts, which have been divided into 24 zones, to beef up the elections team.
“Our village chairpersons should be present during the process of identifying party members going to vote, so that non-members do not take the opportunity to vote. Our village committees also need to be more vigilant in verifying that the person added onto the register is a member of NRM in that village and that if there are no registers, they should verify all members eligible to vote.”