With less than a week to the presidential candidates’ nomination, the electoral commission has 18 more candidates whose voter endorsement signatures are still under verification and yet in the past two weeks the commission has only managed to verify and qualify four aspirants as ready for nomination.
Ugandans are already questioning the speed at which the electoral commission is operating but the EC spokesperson Paul Bukenya, says it’s the electoral commission to blame without divulging details.
He said first of all the EC issued announcements via all media platforms advising candidates to present their signatures for verification a month ago, something that would give the commission enough time to sort out the technicalities before nomination day, but many chose to ignore the call.
The presidential elections act requires that each aspiring candidate must present a minimum of 100 signatures from each of two-thirds of Uganda’s districts.
This means all aspiring presidential candidates must produce 100 signatures from each of 98 districts. Mr. Bukenya on Nomination;….
By yesterday (26th.October.2020) morning, the EC had only verified and cleared four aspiring candidates including NRM’s Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, Mwesigye Fred (Independent), Tumukunde Henry Kakurugu (Independent) and one female aspirant Kalembe Nancy Linda (Independent). As the nomination dates draw closer, candidates’ camps for both political parties and independents are beginning to worry that they might face problems. These include National Unity platform-NUP flag bearer Kyagulanyi Ssentamu Robert, Alliance for National Transformation – ANT flag bearer Gregory Mugisha Muntu, Forum for Democratic change – FDC flag bearer Patrick Amuriat, Democratic Party Flag Bearer Norbert Mao and others. Ends.