Arua NRM Registrar Petitions Party Over Primaries

Philip Obeti, the NRM registrar Arua told URN on Friday, that he has not been briefed on the decision taken by the secretariat to suspend primary elections.

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Some NRM party leaders say they do not understand why the NRM primaries were suspended, and that they have not officially been briefed.

The District NRM registrar in Arua, Phillip Obeti told URN in a telephone interview on Friday that he has not been briefed on the decision taken by the secretariat to suspend primary elections.

Many NRM candidates have been visiting Obeti's office seeking answers on why the primaries were postponed and when they will be held, but he too has no answers. He says he has now written to the NRM secretariat seeking answers.

“We are yet to get full communications from the secretariat and NRM electoral commission over the postponed primary elections before we can brief the aspirants,” Obeti said.

Obeti says his office had already prepared to handle the elections and sorted out ballots and other logistical requirements.

Some aspirants URN talked to on Friday believe suspending the primary elections will be more expensive much as it gives them more time to campaign.

Sam Wadri Nyakua, the incumbent LC 5 chairman Arua district and wants to contest for the same position, says the postponement is a waste of time.

Cue in: “Postponement is waste of time” 

Cue out… “We are prepared”

Obiga Kania, an aspirant for Terego East MP seat says even the voters were disappointed, just as he is, since the reason for suspending the primary elections has not been clearly explained to them.

Cue in: “Obiga Kania”

Cue out… “I must”

Dr. Sam Okuonzi, the incumbent MP for Vurra County disagrees. According to Okuonzi, the delayed elections will give him more time to consult his electorate since he has been occupied with parliamentary duties.

Cue in: “As far as I am concerned”

Cue out… “A good thing for me” 

Previously, the NRM party electoral commission had scheduled Friday 25th September 2015 to conduct its primary elections for MPs, District Local Government positions and LC3 chairpersons. However, the NRM electoral commission chairperson, Dr. Tanga Odoi the same week suspended the party primaries promising to announce a new date.