The National Resistance Movement (NRM) Electoral Commission has announced postponement of the party Primaries for Sheema County North Constituency by-elections.
The commission chairman, Dr. Tanga Odoi told journalists in Kyadondo that the party has no funds needed to hold the said elections at the earlier communicated date.
On Thursday 2, August, 2018, the NRM EC released a roadmap for party Primaries for Sheema North constituency and nomination of candidates was successfully concluded on August 14.
Joint campaigns are currently ongoing.
But Odo told press, “Due to unavailability of funds, the Commission hereby announces that Primaries in Sheema North Constituency which had been scheduled for Monday 27, August have been postponed until further notice.”
He said a new date will be communicated in the due course with hope that the party will be able to raise the required funds within a period of one week.
Odoi however revealed that the commission shall hold a consultative meeting with stakeholders on Tuesday 28, August in the Constituency after which update of the voters’ Register shall commence.
He also noted that NRM primaries in the newly created districts of Nabilatuk, Kapelebyong, Bugweri, Kwania, Kassanda, Kikuube and the old District of Hoima also remain on hold.
Asked how much is needed for the exercise, Tanga said that the party needs to raise approximately Shs1bn.
“The money helps the party to organize the elections by printing ballot papers since the election will be by secret ballot; voter education, training of village and parish election officers; we must provide transport for them as well as refreshments.”
He said his team has since written to the party national treasurer who is in touch with the party chairman to help in raising the funds.
The Sheema North constituency seat fell vacant after its MP and Minister Dr Elioda Tumwesigye abandoned it and contested in the neighboring newly created Sheema Municipality, which he won narrowly.