NRM moves to ban independents Party meeting today to discuss Constitutional changes The National Resistance Movement (NRM) will brush aside criticism of holding a party function at State House Entebbe for a second meeting of the National Executive Council. Of particular concern in todays meeting of about 600 top party leaders, including all Members of Parliament, district chairpersons and other special categories and invited guests, is a proposal to outlaw independent candidates. At Parliament yesterday, MPs who subscribe to the NRM but were unable to join Parliament on the party ticket were pondering their future if the party goes ahead to pass a regulation that bars them from contesting as independents. Daily Monitor has exclusively learnt that the party Legal Committee, chaired by the Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr Sam Kutesa, and other top lawyers in NRM will present a dossier containing six major amendments which they first presented to the Central Executive Committee meeting yesterday for consideration. Key among the proposed amendments is a proposal to adopt Universal Adult Suffrage for party primaries as opposed to the current electoral colleges system. The proposals on universal suffrage mean that even the party presidential candidate will have to seek the endorsement of all party supporters across the country, closely related to the United States primaries system. This is likely to stretch resources for both individual candidates and the party. The party is also proposing creating Kampala and Karamoja as separate regions from the traditional, west, central, north and East.