The Electoral Commission Chairperson Justice Simon Byabakama says that the Commission has now revised the nomination dates to October 1-2, for presidential candidates and October 7-8 for Parliamentary candidates.
Electoral Commission Chairperson Justice Simon Byabakama.
The dates for the nomination of
Presidential and Parliamentary candidates have been extended to early October. The Electoral Commission had, in it's earlier
roadmap set the nomination of presidential candidates for August 12, 2020, and
Parliamentary nominations for August 20, 2020.
But The Electoral Commission
Chairperson Justice Simon Byabakama says that the Commission has now revised
the dates to October 1-2, for presidential candidates and October 7-8 for
However, EC has maintained the nomination date for village
Special Interest Groups (SIGs) Committees candidates for April 6 to 10, 2020
and nomination of candidates for Local Government Councils for July 27-28, 2020.
Justice Byabakama announced the changes during a meeting
with the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee of parliament this morning.
Last week, a similar meeting proposed adjustments to the 2021 general elections
road map on ground that the long campaign period has financial implications on
The MPs sought a review of the road
map to reduce the campaign period. Nominations for the last 2016 general
elections were held between September and November 2015.
Following the revision, Committee Chairperson Jacob Oboth
said that the new adjustment in the nomination dates is welcome and sensitive
to the stakeholders. He said that a long campaign period would paralyze
The EC is mandated by the
Constitution to design and publicize a roadmap to guide all stakeholders in the
preparation for the general election. The Commission is also required to hold
presidential, parliamentary and local government council elections within the
first 30 days of the last 112 days before the expiration of the term of office. The current term of office for the President, Parliament and
Local Government Councils expire on May 12, 2021.
Now, according to EC, campaigns
are scheduled immediately after the nomination exercise and close on January 8,
2021. Polling days for the 2021 general election are scheduled between January
10 and February 8, 2021.