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Okori states that the guidelines are invalid because NRM does not have powers to interfere with any ones fundamental right to take part in party primaries. He says a number of would-be contenders cannot afford the charge of 2million Shillings that is required of every parliamentary aspirant.
20 Jul 2015 16:20
Amama Mbabazi has also challenged the legality of NRM nomination rules
James Okori, a concerned supporter of the NRM party has run to Court seeking orders to quash guidelines that require aspiring candidates to pay nomination fees.

Okori, a law student at Kampala International University filed the suit today; days after former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi queried the demand of 20 million Shillings as a precondition for obtaining nomination forms and a copy of the party\'s rules and regulations.

Okori states that the guidelines are invalid because NRM does not have powers to interfere with any ones fundamental right to take part in party primaries. He says a number of ‘would-be contenders\' cannot afford the charge of 2million Shillings that is required of every parliamentary aspirant. 

Okori equally challenges a provision that bars candidates from contesting as independents after losing in party primaries saying that persons who drafted the guidelines lack respect for democracy, human rights and rule of law.

Hi action is based on the failure to obtain a copy of the election guidelines and nomination forms from the NRM secretariat in Kampala on July 16th 2015, where he presented himself as an aspiring parliamentary candidate.

He adds that the chairman of the NRM Electoral Commission Tanga Odoi asked him to pay a nonrefundable fee of 2 million Shillings, as nomination fees, and a further 540,000 Shillings for verification of his academic credentials. He said the fees are exorbitant.

Through Centre for Legal Aid, Okori wants court to quash the guidelines and compel the NRM Electoral Commission to avail him with the certified copy of the same at no cost.

“An order calling for the quashing the National Resistance Movement electoral guidelines 2015 or the rules and regulations under which the respondent (NRM) is presently conducting its primary elections in preparation for the 2015/16 general elections.” the submission reads.

By press time, the petitioner was following up on his file to see that it\'s urgently fixed and heard so that he achieves his motive of blocking the NRM party primaries until his grievances are addressed.

The case file has been allocated to Justice Yasin Nyanzi.