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SPEAKERSHIP RACE: NRM asks MPs interested in speaker position to apply for race

The National Resistance Movement (NRM) yesterday asked its members interested in vying for the speaker and deputy speaker of Parliament to submit applications to the party’s electoral commission for consideration. 

NRM’s electoral commission chairperson, Dr Tanga Odoi said only registered members should pick forms to express their interest starting today so that the party structures vet the candidate on each position.

The election for speaker of parliament is scheduled to take place on May 24.

Interested candidates have up to Friday to register with the party electoral commission. 

“Any member who wishes to contest for any of the two positions of speaker and deputy speaker of parliament shall write to the chairperson, NRM electoral commission expressing interest. They must be an NRM member sworn in for the 11th Parliament,” Dr Odoi told journalists at his office in Kyadondo,  Kampala.  

The NRM Central Executive Committee (CEC) will then sit on Saturday to discuss the names, which will be presented to the caucus on Sunday before they are subjected to a vote to find the sole candidate for the parliamentary race the next morning. 

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The voting, strictly conducted under Covid-19 measures, will be by secret ballot starting at 10am and closing at 2pm.

Each candidate will be required to get two agents to assist in canvassing for the votes. 

The party’s successful candidate will now join Opposition chief whip and Kira Municipality MP Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda, who has expressed interest to contest for the House’s top job on Monday at Kololo ceremonial grounds. 

NRM SPEAKER, DEPUTY SPEAKER RACE RULES

  • Be a registered NRM member in the 11th Parliament
  • Express interest in writing to NRM electoral commission 
  • NRM electoral commission present names of interested candidates to CEC
  • NRM electoral commission conduct elections
  • Voting starts at 10am and ends at 2pm on May 23
  • Observe Covid-19 rules
  • Candidates nominate two agents
  • Voting to be secret ballot
  • No proxy voting
  • Candidate with majority votes wins
  • To repeat voting once two candidates tie
  • In case of a disagreement, returning officer takes final decision
  • Parliamentary speaker and deputy speaker race on May 24

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