The electoral commission yesterday(30th.October.2020) conducted free covid-19 testing for all journalists, politicians and other service providers wishing to take part in next week’s presidential nomination exercise.
Several members of the media fraternity took part in the exercise at the EC offices along Jinja road in Kampala together with members from the different security agencies, EC employees, presidential aspirants and members of their teams with whom they will appear at the nomination center next week.
Hajji Mustapha Ssebaggala one of the EC commissioners told Journalists that the offer came as a result of complaints from several politicians and media houses saying that they don’t have money to pay for the Covid-19 tests yet EC wants everybody to have a covid-19 certificate on the days of nomination. Mr. Sebaggala speaking….
The EC spokesperson Paul Bukenya added that they decided to meet these costs to prevent unnecessary excuses from the stakeholders, but also to ensure that all standard operating procedures are followed as per the EC roadmap. Mr. Bukenya speaking……
Meanwhile the electoral commission yesterday received endorsement signatures from the democratic party- DP presidential candidate Norbert Mao bringing the total number of aspirants who have returned the files to 23 but only10 candidates have their signatures verified and cleared for nomination so far. END