NRM Primary Aspirants to Pay Millions in Nomination Fees

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A Presidential Aspirant will now be required to pay Ugx 20 Million, aspirants for the parliamentary seats will pay Ugx 3million, and Ugx 5 Million will be paid by aspirants for district seats while Councilors will pay Ugx 50,000 upon being nominated as potential candidates. The charges were adopted at a sitting of the NRM caucus in Entebbe yesterday.

Persons wishing to participate in the NRM primaries will now be subjected to nomination fees, as a new avenue for generating resources for party activities.

A Presidential Aspirant will now be required to pay Ugx 20 Million, aspirants for the parliamentary seats will pay Ugx 3million, and Ugx 5 Million will be paid by aspirants for district seats while Councilors will pay Ugx 50,000 upon being nominated as potential candidates.  The charges were adopted at a sitting of the NRM caucus in Entebbe yesterday.

The decision was based on a recommendation by a committee set up to investigate the chaos and controversies that marred the 2010 NRM primaries. The committee chaired by Wakiso Woman MP Rosemary Sseninde recommended that all aspirants pay a given fee to facilitate elections.

NRM Caucus Spokes Person Evelyn Anite tells Uganda Radio Network that the money will be used to build a strong foundation and financial base for subsequent party activities.

"We didn't have it, it is just being re-introduced because we want to build our party and make the elections more effective", Anite said.

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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.