NRM EC Starts Scrutiny of 100 Petitions

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Dr. Tanga Odoi, the NRM Electoral Commission chairman says the Commissioners have started scrutnising the petitions filed by the disgruntled party members who participated in the parliamentary, mayoral and LC 5 chairpersons primaries.

The NRM Electoral Commission has started working on at least 100 petitions arising from the just concluded primary elections.
 
Dr. Tanga Odoi, the NRM Electoral Commission chairman says the Commissioners have started scrutnising the petitions filed by the disgruntled party members who participated in the parliamentary, mayoral and LC 5 chairperson's primaries.


English
 

//Cue In: Petitions closed…
Cue Out…on Monday// 

Luganda
 

//Cue In: Ebya petitions…
Cue Out:…political influence wano//


The NRM EC has in recent weeks come under fire for alleged mismanagement of the party primaries. The petitions stemmed from accusations of vote rigging, manipulation of declaration forms as well as voter bribery and harassment.

Odoi says all district registrars, where complaints originated from, have been directed to return all declaration forms. He says those found to have tampered with the results will be sacked.      

English 

//Cue In: In such cases…
Cue Out:…this impunity must stop//


Luganda
 

//Cue In: Waliwo kukyuusa…
Cue Out:…tulinde nno//



At a media conference at State House Entebbe on Wednesday, President Yoweri Museveni, who doubles as NRM chairman, acknowledged that there were some flaws in the primaries.

Museveni says he is waiting for a report from the Secretariat on the elections, adding that he cannot speak on the issue of members threatening to stand as Independents without establishing the cause of the discontent.


//Cue In: I wanted…
Cue Out:…with fingerprints//
 
 
On Wednesday, Museveni held a meeting with Dr. Tanga Odoi and his deputy John Kigyagi Arimpa at State House Entebbe over the primaries. According to a source, the parties discussed the just concluded NRM Delegates' conference but skipped any talks on the primaries.

 
The parties resolved to hold another meeting to discuss the outcome of the primaries after the Commission has tendered in its report to the Secretariat. 

 

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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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