The Electoral Commission banned all processions and mass gatherings during and after nominations. This according to Byabakama was done to stop the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Aspirants were only permitted to go with only 10 people with three accompanying cars.
The Electoral Commission - EC has vowed to deal harshly
with presidential aspirants who flout directives put in place to be followed during
next week’s nominations.
Speaking to journalists today at the Electoral
Commission headquarters in Kampala, EC Chairman Justice Simon Byabakama Mugenyi said that although they disclaim using force at the onset of the
presidential elections, they will not look on while aspirants make a mockery of
The Electoral Commission banned all processions and mass
gatherings during and after nominations. This according to Byabakama was done
to stop the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Aspirants were only permitted to go with
only 10 people with three accompanying cars.
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Speaking to reporters this week, Patrick Amuriat Oboi,
FDC presidential flag bearer said that he was not going to respect the order of
only 10 people. He called on all party supporters to escort him from the party headquarters
at Najjanankumbi to Kyambogo University playground which will host the nomination activity.
Also today at the Electoral Commission, Lewis
Rubongoya, the National Unity Platform Secretary-General said that their presidential
flag bearer, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu will be escorted to Kyambogo by his
supporters although he said they won’t be able to access the nomination Centre.
Meanwhile, Byabakama also said that all candidates and nine of their supporters
who will be allowed to access the nomination Centre must first present COVID-19
certificate showing negative results. He said this was done to protect
all the people who will access the Centre. He, however, allayed the fears of
aspirants who might test positive. He said, in such circumstances, the aspirant
will be nominated even in absentia provided his nominator and seconder are physically
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Earlier on, the Commission had said that aspirants, and
their entourage were supposed to meet the costs of the test. But Justine Kasule
Lumumba the Secretary-General of the NRM who was among the aspirants or their agent
who met the Electoral Commission today to agree on the nomination dos and don’ts
said that it was the government to meet this cost.
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But even with the concession that the Electoral
Commission will pay for the cost of the tests, some aspirants were not
comfortable with the ministry of health carrying out these tests. They
expressed fear that they might give them a positive test yet actually they are negative.
Maj. Gen. Mugisha Muntu, the presidential flag bearer of the Alliance for
National Transformation also wondered the rationale of a one-off test yet they
are going to be meeting several people in the coming two months of campaigning.
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Rubongoya asked the Electoral Commission to apply the
same standards when dealing with aspirants regardless of their political
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So far 10 people have been cleared to be nominated for
the 2021 presidential elections. The two-day nomination exercise will start on
Monday, November 2 at Kyambogo University playground. Successfully nominated
aspirants will be given only one police patrol car with security personnel. During the 2016 elections, every candidate was given a car and a patrol car with security.