Following a number of petitions challenging the recently concluded party primaries, the Central Executive Committee (CEC) Commission under the chairperson Yoweri Kaguta Museveni endorsed an Election Disputes Tribunal to hear the cases.
Speaking to journalists on Sunday, 20th September 2020 at the party headquarters, The Secretary General, Justine Kasule Lumumba said that the Tribunal, which consists of 20 advocates headed by Mr Barata Enock, would hear and determine all the election petitions.
She added that the advocates’ identities wouldn’t be revealed yet. “It’s a strategy to keep such details undisclosed for the petitioners to face them on the very day of hearing their cases.” She revealed.
She further explained that the National Chairperson would set up panels of eminent persons in the various NRM political Zones to carry out a fact finding and reconciliation mechanisms among the members that participated in the party primaries.
According to the director in charge of legal affairs, Oscar Kihika, there are a total of 373 petitions challenging the recently concluded party primaries for parliamentary flag bearers,
In the previous press address held on 8th September, Kihiika said that some of the petitions would be sent to the panel of elders for resolution of the issues complained about and those respondents whose results were challenged to respond to the accusations within three days, which elapsed on Thursday.
Prior to the elections that resulted in a lot of chaos, violence and petitions, the party chairperson, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni had directed all members who are not in the party register to be registered and allowed to vote.
“Therefore, in the 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 September 2, 2020 letter.
Most of the petitioners based on this directive to petition court over the irregularities revealed in the election process.