According to the Electoral Commission spokesperson Paul Bukenya, President Yoweri Museveni of the National Resistance Movement-NRM who was the first to be cleared and was joined by independent aspirants; Henry Tumukunde, Fred Mwesigye and Kalemba Nancy Linda.
According to the guidelines issued by the Electoral Commission, the body charged with organizing elections in Uganda, aspirants were supposed to submit signatures of their nominators two weeks before the nomination which will take place next month on November 2-3.
Bukenya called upon candidates not to hold after nomination campaigns, adding that there will be an opportunity for the candidates to hold campaigns after the harmonization process of the campaign schedules.
It should be recalled that over 60 people expressed interest in challenging President Museveni for the top job in Uganda by picking nomination forms. However, with only four days left to the deadline of submitting signatures to the Electoral Commission for verification, there is doubt whether all those who picked nomination forms will return them.
In places like Bwaise, Kawempe, Kazo, Kibuye, Namasuba, Mengo among others, youths were incensed when they found their names missing on the register. They accused the Electoral Commission of being in cahoots with the ruling National Resistance Movement to deny the opposition chance to win the elections.
According to the revised Electoral Roadmap, campaigns shall now be conducted starting today August 6 to Monday next week while polling will take place on different dates in all the 68,740 villages across Uganda.