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NRM Roots for Integrity Checks for Election Officials

Mathias Kasamba, the NRM’s Director for Mobilization argues that the majority of the petitions are largely a result of deliberate conduct of election officers who through collusion, abused their powers to mess-up the process, saying that the party must get rid of such characters if they are to have a clean exercise.
The NRM's Mobilization Director Mathias Kasamba (in yellow) and Masaka NRM chairperson Peter Ssenkungu reviewing election results

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The mobilization directorate of the National Resistance Movement-NRM party has observed a need for integrity checks in the process of recruiting election officials as a remedy to the growing acts of malpractices in internal electoral exercises.

A number of candidates that contested for party flags in the ongoing party primaries have come out to castigate the NRM internal election processes, pointing to various forms of malpractices that affect the integrity of the whole exercise. 

Despite adopting lining up as a voting method which was presumed as the most transparent way of choosing NRM flag bearers, at least 370 candidates have come out with petitions to challenge results of the just concluded primaries for parliamentary and district leaders over gross irregularities that include among others, bribery, alteration and falsification of results.

Mathias Kasamba, the NRM’s Director for Mobilization argues that the majority of the petitions are largely a result of deliberate conduct of election officers who through collusion abuse their powers to mess-up the process, saying that the party must get rid of such characters if they are to have a clean exercise.

He says it is high time the party puts in place tough systems and preconditions for recruitment of their elections presiding officers, to identify only those that can serve with the utmost integrity.

//Cue in; “there has been…

Cue out….in the communities.”//

Luganda//Cue in; “tulina okusanitayizinga… 

Cue out…mpaka lwekangirirwa.”// 

He adds that they are also working on a proposal to allow for the filing of multiple Declaration of Results-DR forms such that some copies are left with village council executive members.

//Cue in; “era ebimu…

Cue out…okuleeta ebw’erufu.”//      

But Mulindwa Birimumaaso, the NRM Chairperson for Lwengo district has challenged the party’s disciplinary committee to step up and stop the reported irregularities that affected the integrity of the election exercise. He prefers that the party’s disciplinary committee finds justifying reasons to disqualify all candidates who deliberately partook in any form of election malpractice, arguing that this will help to instil a culture of honesty among members.

//Cue in; (Luganda) “kyetwetaaga…

Cue out…that person."//   

Meanwhile, Oscar Kihika the NRM’s director in charge of legal affairs says that they are instituting regional tribunals comprised of senior members of the party to study and determine complaints arising from the party primaries.