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Presidential Race 2021: Four More Aspirants Submit Signatures To EC For Verification

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.

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The Electoral Commission - EC has said by close of business yesterday, four more presidential aspirants had submitted signatures of voters supporting their candidature for verification.

These join three other presidential aspirants who had already submitted their signatures. 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.

Those who had submitted their signatures by the close of business yesterday include, National Resistance Movement’s Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, Ecological Party of Uganda’s Charles Bbaale and Henry Tumukunde of the Independent party. Others are; Fred Mwesigye, Willy Mayambala, Simon Ebetu, Elizabeth Lugudde Katwe and Robert Mutono, all independents also.

The seven are part of 87 aspirants who picked nomination forms in August and September. Speaking to Uganda Radio Network - URN, Paul Bukenya, the acting spokesperson of EC said although they had given yesterday as the deadline for submitting signatures, they will continue receiving them even next week because the deadline for two weeks was given for administrative purposes.

He however said that submitting signatures in time; which take at least two days to verify, eases both the work of the Commission and the aspirant. He said that their observation is that for every 150 signatures submitted, only about 75 pass the test of being verifiable. Therefore, if an aspirant submits in time, it gives him/her an opportunity to raise the rest of the signatures before nomination date.

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According to the Presidential Elections Act, an aspirant only becomes a candidate after presenting signatures for 100 voters in two thirds of all districts of Uganda. Currently, Uganda has 146 districts. This translates to 98 districts from which an aspirant is supposed to collect signatures.

On yesterday’s parliamentary nominations, Bukenya said that the exercise went on very well across the country save for a few incidents where candidates disobeyed both the Electoral Commission and ministry of health guidelines on mass gatherings.

The Commission banned mass gatherings, procession and convoys as means of stopping the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Bukenya said although they are yet to compile statistics to know political party participation, there was a high involvement of independent candidates.

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