National Resistance Movement (NRM) has declared President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni as sole candidate for the position of party chairman and Presidential flag bearer.
The announcement was made by the chairperson of the electoral commission of NRM, Dr. Tanga Odoi.
“I can declare to you and to Ugandans that NRM has one contender for National Chairman and that is Yoweri Kaguta Museveni” he said adding that The nomination papers were picked by his lawyers and Personal Assistant and paid Shs 10m as nomination fees for each position.
According to Mr. Odoi, the former Makindye East MP John Ssimbwa who picked nomination forms failed to raise the required fees of shs 10million for nomination.
He said NRM primary elections for special interest groups at the village level, including the youth, women and elderly will be elected tomorrow, Friday.
In February, 19, 2019 the NRM under the national association of districts and lower local government councils, endorsed President Museveni, the NRM chairperson, as the sole party candidate in the 2021 presidential elections. The sole candidate resolution was passed at Chobe Safari Lodge.
Earlier this month, the Constitutional court threw out a constitutional petition filed by 11 NRM MPs challenging the challenging president Museveni’s sole candidature.
Last month, the electoral commission released a revised road map, banning all mass rallies ahead of the anticipated 2021 general elections. The elections according to chairperson of electoral commission, Justice Simon Byabakama, the move is in line with president Museveni’s directives peddled at curbing the spread of coronavirus.
Last week, the NRM CEC backed Justice Byabakama’s road map and resolved that NRM intra elections shall be conducted by lining up candidates. The agreed that the mode of election will be conducted in observance of the standard operating procedures (SOPs) which were put up by the ministry of health in a bid to curb the spread of Covid-19.