NRM To Conduct Primaries for Speaker

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Dr. Tanga Odoi, the NRM party Electoral Commission chairperson, announced the decision this morning. According to Odoi, the party Electoral Commission will start receiving letters of expression of interest for the posts from aspiring candidates from April 26th-29th.

The Central Executive Committee of the ruling National Resistance Movement-NRM party has resolved to conduct primaries for those vying for the post of speaker and deputy speaker of parliament. Dr. Tanga Odoi, the NRM party Electoral Commission chairperson, announced the decision this morning.
 

According to Odoi, the party Electoral Commission will start receiving letters of expression of interest for the posts from aspiring candidates from April 26th-29th. He says after receiving the letters, the Commission will compile a list and submit the names to the Central Executive Committee for vetting and approval before the NRM parliamentary caucus votes for the candidates on May 5th.

According to Odoi, the names of the winners will be submitted to the whole house for consideration. He cautions those aspiring for election as speaker and deputy speaker to exercise discipline, saying they risk being disqualified from the race by the party Electoral Commission.
 
 
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Those vying for election as speaker and deputy speaker will pay Shillings five million and two million Shillings respectively, as expression of interest fees. However, some of NRM party members have expressed reservations about the fees, saying it is a double expenditure since the aspirants also paid during the parliamentary polls.

Gabriel Aridru, the Vurra County MP elect, says much as the charges are good, the fee is too high given what the candidates what the candidates went through during the just concluded polls. Jacob Oulanya, who is seeking to unseat his boss Rebecca Kadaga, says he is ready to pay the required fees. 

He however, disagrees with the claim by the party that the speaker should be a servant of the party, saying this doesn't apply under multiparty democracy.

 

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