President Museveni has approved the postponement of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party primaries.
The party primaries had been planned to start in April 2020, beginning with the special interest groups followed by those for district and Parliamentary candidates in May/June.
But in a letter dated April 22, 2020 to the Speaker of Parliament, the President, who is also the national chairman of NRM, said amid the coronavirus pandemic, the country should not spend time on electioneering.
“I have received your letter of the 23rd of March, 2020, regarding the NRM Primaries.
I totally agree with the idea. The country should minimize the time spent on electioneering. Therefore, August and September, 2020 are reasonable,” Mr Museveni said.
“I will consult the CEC Members by telephone through the Secretary General,” he added.
Recently, the chairman of the National Electoral Commission, Justice Simon Byabakama, acknowledged that the coronavirus pandemic will affect the 2021 election roadmap.