CIVIL SOCIETY REPORTS ON NRM PRIMARIES

Niwandinda Daniel
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Parliament has been urged to put laws that regulate the giving out of money to voters by candidates during campaigns to eliminate voter briber vice.
This is one of the recommendations in a report on the NRM primaries released by election observers under their umbrella organization National Election watch-Uganda.

Civil Society Organizations on election observation under their umbrella organization National Election watch –Uganda have released a report on the just concluded NRM primary elections.
The report indicates that non National Resistance Movement party members participated in these elections. This they attribute to the chairman of the party directive to have every one vote including those not in the register.

The chairman Alliance for Election Campaign Finance Monitoring Henry Muguzi said there was a lot of voter bribery in this election which made many vote for money.
He however said the voter turn up was high compared to previous election which showed a good picture of democracy.

Mujuzi urged parliament to come up with law to regulate exchange of money during campaigns to do away with voter bribery.

Fr. Mbonabingi Constantine a member of National Election Watch Uganda said the NRM primaries painted the right picture of what is expected to happen in the General elections next year.

Among the recommendations are some of the things other political parties need to do to ensure that the elections are free and fair.

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