15 February 2011

Uganda: Nsereko Asks for More Poll Education

THE NRM parliamentary candidate for Kampala Central has asked the Electoral Commission (EC) to use the few days left before the general elections to conduct civic education.

Muhammad Nsereko said in the suburbs he visited, he had been educating people on the importance of voting leaders, instead of preaching the NRM manifesto.

"Some of them asked me how they will vote. Others think voting is about choosing between President Museveni and Dr. Kizza Besigye," he added.

Speaking to NRM youth in Kamwokya on Monday, Nsereko said the EC should sensitise people on the importance of electing leaders at all levels.

"Some people may not participate in local council elections because the EC has put a lot of emphasis on presidential and parliamentary elections. If the commission does not address this issue during these few days, there might be a low turn up at the polls," he said.

Meanwhile, Nsereko assured the youth that he would tell president Museveni to channel National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS) funds that are given to Kampala district into small scale empowerment.

"Most people in Kampala are interested in business. Why would you give them NAADS when most of them don't have land?" he asked.

Nsereko promised to monitor government-aided schools under the universal primary and secondary education programme in the constituency and to lobby for more funds that would be used to renovate them.

He also pledged to lobby for more health centres in the area, saying the existing ones could not serve the growing population.

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