NRM supporters cautioned against double registration as exercise enters day two

NRM Regional Coordinator in Greater Busoga, Ambassador James William Kinobe while speaking to journalists in Iganga on Thursday, March 14, 2024

Iganga, (UG): Members of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) have been cautioned to avoid double registration and tampering with the registers in the ongoing NRM register update and registration exercise of the party subscribers across the country.

The exercise that kicked off on Wednesday, March 13, 2024, is expected to run for five consecutive days up to Sunday, March 17, 2024, in all the eighteen NRM demarcated zones countrywide.

Speaking to journalists in Iganga on Thursday, the NRM regional coordinator in Greater Busoga (comprising 12 districts), Ambassador James William Kinobe reiterated that the National ID is a prerequisite for someone to register and that this will technically help them in eliminating cases of double registration.

“Double registration is criminal because if you register more than once knowingly is a crime and tampering with the register is also a crime. Our registrars up to the smallest unit (village levels) have been advised to be careful because we know candidates normally use our registrars to fix their names in the register. Unfortunately, we shall be compelled to ask the state to take care of you once you are detected in such activities,” Ambassador Kinobe said.

Mr Kinobe, a senior cadre at the NRM secretariat further urged NRM members to take advantage of the exercise and update their particulars especially when the party subscribers made some change in places of residence, adding that the exercise is not intended to remove anyone from the register unless when the person crossed to another party.

DailyExpress has understood that only members in the country will take the advantage to register and update their particulars since no one will be registered by proxy adding that the members will later be verified on the last day of the NRM registration update by the community members.

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“Members who are not in the country will not be handled in this particular exercise because strictly we are not registering anyone by proxy and at the end of the exercise on the last day, the Village Baraza comprising of the executive committee of the NRM and all members will sit and look at all those members that have decided to crossover from other parties or those who want to leave so that we have the exercise concluded with a new register and this will help anyone who wants to join the party or to contest as a member of the organization during the forthcoming elections,” Mr Kinobe clarified.

He therefore urged members of NRM and those interested in joining the ruling party citing that anyone crossing from the opposition side to NRM will be required to sign an oath proving that they have deserted the opposition and joined NRM.

Kinobe said the community together with the registrars will be in position to remove the dead and those who defected the party, citing that the exercise will not affect those who once contested on independent tickets while leaning on NRM.

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The register which is being updated within five days shall be used by the party which has ruled for now close to 38 years in setting up the organs of the party and will also be used in nominating candidates who stand in the party primaries.

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