President Yoweri Museveni who is also the Chairman of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) chairman has ordered the NRM Electoral commission to allow every member of the party to vote in the forthcoming party primaries.
Museveni said it is the right and duty of every member of the party to take part in its activities like the NRM primary elections as enshrined in their constitution.
“Therefore, in exercise of the powers granted to the chairman under Article 14 of the Constitution, I hereby offer guidance that all members of NRM whose names appear on the register shall be allowed to vote. Any NRM member whose name is not on the party register shall be immediately added to the register and permitted to vote if the person is 18 and above,” Museveni said in a letter to all NRM branch Executive committees.
He also said branch (village) executive committees should verify that the person added onto the register is a member of NRM in that village and that where there are no registers, the village committee shall verify and register all members eligible to vote.
“This activity can be handled transparently and either prior to or on the voting day by the branch and should not be the source of conflict. Copies of registers used should immediately after this exercise be forwarded to the Secretary General of NRM,” he added.