While responding to Kyagulanyi’s application to amend his petition, Joseph Matsiko who led a team of four lawyers representing the Electoral Commission asked court not to allow the Amendment on grounds that the law provides for such amendments when the applicant doesn’t seek to introduce new grounds.
The Nakasongola District Returning Officer Anthony Mwaitwa Ambrose said that the elections have been postponed until he gets a final resolution from the Electoral Commission on the petition that was filed against one of the candidates.
In his ruling delivered to parties via email on Monday , Justice Ssekaana has reasoned that under Section 50 of the Electoral Commission's Act, they have special powers in case of any emergency to suspend the election campaigns.
Simon Byabakama, the Electoral Commission Chairperson said that in the wake of COVID-19, they will allow specific people like agents of candidates, EC officials and security personnel only at the polling stations.
Harima Nakyejwe, the Kisenyi 1 parish woman councilor who also showed up to pick her slip asked EC to come up with a list of the specific requirements for the voters, saying many people are still confused on what is required.
A member of his campaign team identified as Jamal told URN that Mayambala had gone to the EC headquarters for assistance. “He doesn’t have a car and fuel and currently we are at the Electoral Commission headquarters,” Jamal who answered Mayambala’s mobile number told URN.
Of the 10 candidates that have been cleared for nominations, only they have pinned posters along the Kyambogo Road. They include President Museveni, General Henry Tumukunde, and Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu.
The Kampala woman's parliamentary seat has seven candidates, and so is Nakawa East, and Makindye East, Lubaga North has four candidates, Kawempe North and Makindye West have six candidates each, while Kampala Central has five candidates.
The new pronouncement by the Electoral Commission chairperson Justice Simon Byabakama does not only extend the nomination dates from Monday, October 12 and Tuesday, October 13, but overrules the dates that were communicated by the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga during the National Prayer Breakfast at State House Entebbe.
On Tuesday, 20 aspirants who were undergoing a verification were stopped when it clocked 5:30 pm. Electoral Commission officials said that other candidates could challenge the process of nominations on condition that it was conducted beyond the required time.
The funding enshrined in the Political Parties and Organizations (Amendment) Act, is contributed annually by the government towards the activities of political parties with representation in Parliament to facilitate their day-to-day activities. Currently, the parties entitled to this money include FDC, DP, NRM, UPC and JEEMA.
The Alliance for National Transformation-ANT Presidential aspirant Rtd Maj Gen Gregory Mugisha Muntu told journalists in Kampala that a lot is already going wrong under the watch of the commission, signalling inability to independently oversee the forthcoming general election.
In a party electoral roadmap released recently, the Alliance for National Transformation- ANT planned to hold it’s first delegates conference on August 6, less than two weeks from now. According to Muntu, the party is still waiting for clearance from the Electoral Commission, to confirm the events as planned.