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Museveni defends lining-up voting method in NRM Primaries

By JOSEPH TUMWESIGYE

Saturday January 25, 2020

President Yoweri Museveni (Daily Monitor Picture) 

The President, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has defended the move by the National Resistance Movement’s (NRM) Executive committee to adopt lining up as a method of voting in party’s primaries. President Museveni said this at Namboole stadium while speaking at the NRM Delegates Conference.

‘Some actors take political leadership as a matter of life and death, and are ready to cheat in order to get the flag of the NRM,” President Museveni says.

Museveni says that the decision to use lining up, enables the party to check the cheating behaviour which could lead to “disenchantment” by the supporters and population at large.

“[Lining up] is transparent and definitive. There are no arguments as to who won,” President Museveni says.

The president also mentioned that some people have made arguments against the voting method of lining. These arguments include the ballot system protecting politically discordant couples or families where members of a family may have different political interests which could cause conflict if they know each other’s affiliations when they line up to vote. In this one, there was also fear that some members of a family would not be able to make their choice in fear of disappointing other members.

The second argument people have against the lining up method that the president mentioned is that candidates would discriminate those who they noticed did not vote for them.

“Then third argument against the method is that people believe that it will not solve the problem of independence which is in the national constitution,” the president said in his speech.

The president was quick to defend the lining up against the arguments he pointed out by saying that the percentage of discordant couples politically is a small one and that the NRM’s method serves the majority. He further added that candidates already know those who are with and against them. He says that those who are not known by candidates are also a small percentage.

“Lining up will make it clear before everyone, who won an election. It will improve discipline in the party. This is why we are recommending it,” the president said.

On Friday, The National Executive Council (NEC) of the ruling NRM party approved a proposal to amend the party Constitution to cater for voting by lining up behind candidates in primary elections.

The NEC meeting held at State House, Entebbe approved the amendment in a motion moved by the Deputy Secretary General Richard Twodwong and seconded by one Mr Mulindwa Birimumaso.