Vice president Edward Sekandi and NRM parliamentary caucus vice chairperson Solomon Silwany on Thursday convened a meeting of the NRM parliamentary caucus to convince MPs to mobilise support for the party's Local Council candidates in their constituencies.
Disagreements, however emerged after MPs demanded financial assistance to the party candidates as well as facilitation for MPs to traverse their constituencies.
Silwany, however, said that there was consensus for the party MPs to rally support for the party candidates because the Local Councils are the backbone of the NRM party.
Last month, the Electoral Commission set July 10, 2018, as a new date for the country to hold the long-awaited election of Local Council (LC) I and Women Village Committees.
The announcement ended the uncertainty on the polls that were suspended in November 2017, following separate applications by two citizens challenging the date set by the Commission. The Commission had set November 14 as the date for the election.
In one of the applications, James Tweheyo, the former general secretary of Uganda National Teachers Union (UNATU) challenged the running of elections in the absence of secondary school students who were sitting for the Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) examinations.
According to a new roadmap by the Commission, the nomination of candidates vying for the positions for the five village women committee members is from June 27 to June 28, to pave way for campaigns between June 30 and July 2.
The nomination for Local Council chairpersons will take place starting Wednesday, July 4 and Thursday, July 5 at the respective parish headquarters.
A total of 1,134 new villages have been added to the list of villages where elections will be taking place. Uganda last held local council elections in 2001. The next round of elections which was due in 2006 was halted through a petition filed by Maj Rubaramira Ruranga, the then chairman of the FDC Electoral Commission.