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EC Still Verifying Kyagulanyi Signatures, 17 Others in Queue

EC spokesperson Paul Bukenya says they are not to blame for the slow pace of verifying the signatures
26 Oct 2020 18:18
Paul Bukenya during an Interview with URN today at EC offices Kampala-1-

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With less than a week to the presidential candidates' nomination, the electoral commission has 18 more candidates whose voter endorsement signatures are still under verification and yet in the past two weeks the commission has only managed to verify and qualify four aspirants as ready for nomination. 

Ugandans are already questioning the speed at which the electoral commission is operating but when URN presented the matter to the EC spokesperson Paul Bukenya, he said “It’s not us to blame”. We asked him to divulge more into his response. 

He said first of all the EC issued announcements via all media platforms advising candidates to present their signatures for verification a month ago, something that would give the commission enough time to sort out the technicalities before nomination day, but many chose to ignore the call. 

Bukenya added that even those who took the signatures earlier presented files of them with a lot of issues leading to a lengthy process of verification. According to him, some of the aspirants have by now only managed to have only 20 or 30 districts verified and confirmed out of the required 98 districts in the entire country.

The presidential elections act requires that each aspiring candidate must present a minimum of 100 signatures from each of two-thirds of Uganda’s districts. This means all aspiring presidential candidates must produce 100 signatures from each of 98 districts.

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By today morning, the EC had only verified and cleared four aspiring candidates including NRM’s Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, Mwesigye Fred (Independent), Tumukunde Henry Kakurugu (Independent) and one female aspirant Kalembe Nancy Linda (Independent).

As the nomination dates draw closer, candidates’ camps for both political parties and independents are beginning to worry that they might face problems. These include National Unity platform-NUP flag bearer Kyagulanyi Ssentamu Robert, Alliance for National Transformation – ANT flag bearer Gregory Mugisha Muntu, Forum for Democratic change – FDC flag bearer Patrick Amuriat, Democratic Party Flag Bearer Norbert Mao and others.

Bukenya categorically stated that since the law gives aspirants a deadline of the nomination day to present the signatures and other documents, EC can’t force them to take up advice of early submission and it’s going to continue verifying the signatures until the nomination day, and whosever's signatures will not have been fully verified will simply get locked out by the nomination deadline, and shouldn’t be EC to blame.

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