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The Deputy NRM Electoral Commission Chairperson, Dr. John Arimpa Kigyagi, told URN about Shillings 920million is needed to conclude the entire process. He says that money is needed to print ballot papers, purchase ballot boxes, and cater for transport and the human resource.

The ruling National Resistance Movement - NRM Party has postponed primary elections in the newly created districts due to shortage of funds. NRM was scheduled to conduct primaries for Women parliamentary and LC V chairperson candidates in Kassanda, Kikuube, Kwania, Kapelebyong, Bugweri and Nabilatuk on August 14.

 
The party was also scheduled to hold primaries for the Hoima district woman parliamentary candidate. However, in a statement issued on Thursday afternoon, the NRM Electoral Commission Chairperson, Tanga Odoi, says the polls have been called off until further notice.



"Due to unavailability of funds, the Commission announces that primaries in the above mentioned districts which had been scheduled for Tuesday, 14th, August, 2018 have been postponed until further notice. A new date of polling shall be announced in the due course", reads the statement in part.

 
Adding that, "By way of this communication, the NRM district election officers, candidates, district party leadership, security and the entire fraternity in the seven districts are accordingly informed". 


The Deputy NRM Electoral Commission Chairperson, Dr. John Arimpa Kigyagi, told URN about Shillings 920million is needed to conclude the entire process. He says that money is needed to print ballot papers, purchase ballot boxes, and cater for transport and the human resource. 


Kigyagi however, says that even they secure the money now they wouldn't be able to organise the elections on August 14th, 2018 given the remaining time. This is not the first time NRM is extending the primaries. According to the party roadmap released on July 21st 2018, the party was supposed to conduct the nominations and primaries before August 11th, 2018.



However, the Commission extended the polls last week, saying some candidate had complained of the limited time provided for the campaigns and polls. The party then fixed August 14th, 2018 as the date for holding the primary polls.