EC issues nomination guidelines for presidential candidates
EC chairman, Justice Simon Mugenyi Byabakama addressing media recently (PHOTO/File).

KAMPALA – The Electoral Commission (EC) has announced that the nomination exercise for presidential aspirants will be conducted at Kyambogo University Sports Grounds on November 2 and November 3, starting at 9:00am and ending at 5pm on each of the appointed dates

Addressing journalists in Kampala on Thursday, 22 October 2020, EC chairman Justice Simon Byabakama said the Commission will limit access to the nomination venue, in compliance with Government/Ministry of Health Guidelines and EC Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for preventing the spread of COVID-19.

“The aspiring candidate, shall be allowed into the nomination venue accompanied by not more than ten (10) persons (including the candidate). The particulars of persons accompanying the aspirant shall be submitted to the Commission in advance,” he said.

“Aspiring candidates have been advised to use only three (3) vehicles for purposes of his/her nominations; and each vehicle should not carry more than four (4) persons, driver inclusive. Each of the vehicles shall bear a police sticker. 5For the avoidance of doubt, the incumbent President who is also a candidate shall use such facilities as are ordinarily attached to his office. This is in line with Section 27(2) of the Presidential Elections Act,” he added.

Justice Byabakama said at least eightyseven (87) aspirants have collected forms expressing interest to contest for the presidency but only 19 had returned the forms by Thursday. They are (NRM), Tumukunde Henry (independent), Bbaale Charles (Ecological Party of Uganda (EPU), Mwesigye Fred, Mayambala Willy, Lugudde-Katwe Elizabeth, Mutono Mbulambago Robert, Ebetu Simon, Mabirizi Joseph, Kabuleta Kiiza Joseph, Yamureebire Jotham, Makmot Moses, Okoth Geoffrey, Kyagulanyi Ssentamu Robert, Katumba John, Kalembe Nancy Linda, Katushemererwe Brenda, Amuriat Oboi Patrick and Mugisha Muntu Gregg .

He said only Presidential aspirants who have attained the verified supporters from the required ninety-eight (98) districts/cities will be issued with a Certificate of Compliance which they will present to the Returning Officer on nomination day

He added that only President Museveni’s signatures have been verified.

In accordance with Section 21(1) of the Presidential Elections Act, the Commission will appoint and gazette campaign period and polling date after the nomination exercise, Byabakama said.


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