Why NRM CEC wants a shift from a secret ballot to lining up


On Saturday, members of the Central Executive Committee (CEC) of the NRM agreed to recommend to members and other organs the amendment of the Party Constitution to provide for lining-up as a mode for all internal elections.

The proposal has caused some debate within the membership of the National Resistance Movement but there are justifications to the decision taken by CEC.

Last year’s LCI and Women Council Elections where the mode of lining-up was applied, had very many positive aspects related to cost reduction, less desputes and transperancy. Learning from such experiences, the NRM Party leadership proposes to its members the same mode that comes with a number of advantages, some of which are listed below.

LEGAL JUSTIFICATION

1. Conforms with the Local Govt Act Cap 243.
2. Minimises petitions.
3. Simplifies the management of petitions as voters posses vivid recollection of events.

The NRM central executive committee in its session at Kyobe Safaris lodge

ECONOMIC JUSTIFICATIONS

It reduces costs of election management as NO ballot papers, ballot boxes, indelible ink… etc are required.

POLITICAL JUSTIFICATION

1. It will minimise the number of independents due to its transparency.
2. Reduces bribery and commercialisation of of elections.
3. Minimises infiltration by non-party members who carry sinister motives.
4. It will encourage participation.

ADMINISTRATIVE JUSTIFICATION

1. Reduces bureaucracy and tampering with electoral materials.
2. Cures postment of elections.
3. Cures ballot stuffing
4. Eases voter identification.
5. Reduces grounds for disputes or petitions.

The Party Secretariat under the headship of the Secretary General Rt. Hon. Justine Kasule Lumumba will soon release a detailed program for the District Conferences to further consider the proposal.

During such meetings more advantages of the same will be discussed.

The writer is a Senior Manager for Information, Communications and Public Relations at the NRM secretariat.