Mbabazi Free to Pick Nomination Forms - NRM Top story

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NRM Electoral Commission chairman, Tanga Odoi told a news conference at the party headquarters in Kampala today that Mbabazi, who declared his bid for the presidency in June, has a right to pick the nomination forms in accordance with the party constitution.

Former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi is at liberty to pick nomination forms to kick start the process of promoting his presidential bid, leaders of the National Resistance Movement - NRM Party have said.

NRM Electoral Commission chairman, Tanga Odoi told a news conference at the party headquarters in Kampala today that Mbabazi, who declared his bid for the presidency in June, has a right to pick the nomination forms in accordance with the party constitution.

On June 15, Mbabazi announced that he would offer himself in the NRM party primaries for election as party flag bearer and presidential candidate in the 2016 general elections.  He would be competing against his former ally, Yoweri Museveni, who has been endorsed as a sole candidate for the Party by the NRM Caucus.

He was due to start consultative meetings in Mbale, Eastern Uganda when he was stopped by the police on Thursday saying that the meetings were illegal.

Odoi says it is the mandate of the party's Electoral Commission as stipulated in the constitution, to open room for all aspirants within the NRM to vie for elective positions. He however stresses that they must adhere to the regulations.

He further says that all dissenting members who previously shunned the NRM, citing former Vice President, Prof. Gilbert Bukenya and the ‘rebel' MPs are free to participate in the process, as long as they registered as members.
 
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According to NRM Deputy Spokesperson Ofwono Opondo says Mbabazi and his wife Jacqueline are duly registered members of the NRM and can seek any elective office under the party flag.

Opondo however says Mbabazi defied the party's constitution to hold early elections and if he feels the party faulted, should seek legal interpretation to prove otherwise.
 
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The NRM party also declared 14th - 31 July as the period within which aspirants who wish to vie for Presidential, Parliamentary, district and village councils will pick nomination forms ahead of nominations to take place in September.
 

 

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Olive Eyotaru
Olive Eyotaru is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Eyotaru has been a URN staff member since February 2015.

Eyotaru started practising journalism while still studying at Uganda Christian University. She was a reporter with Ultimate Media Consult Ltd between 2005 and 2007.

In 2009, Eyotaru joined Monitor Publications Limited, under KFM Radio as a parliamentary and business reporter. Consequently, Eyotaru started writing for the Daily Monitor newspaper until January 2015, when she moved to URN.

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