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.
The Electoral Commission has finalized the verification of signatures
of supporters for four more presidential aspirants. This brings to eight the
number of aspirants who have so far been cleared for nomination next week.
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.
By press time, four more aspirants had also been cleared. These
include Patrick Amuriat Oboi of the Forum for Democratic Change, Mugisha Muntu
Gregg, of the Alliance for National Transformation, Kabuleta Kiiza Joseph and
Katumba John, both independents.
“We are still working towards clearing other candidates and we are
hopeful by the time of nominations next week, all those who meet the
requirement for being cleared will have been cleared,” Bukenya said.
So far, 22 out of 87 aspirants who picked nomination forms, have
returned signatures of supporters to the Electoral Commission for verification.
According to the Presidential Elections Act, a person qualifies to be a
candidate after among others; having been supported by100 registered voters
from two-thirds of all districts of Uganda. This translates to 98 districts and
On top of the eight whose signatures have been verified, 14 other
aspirants have submitted signatures. These include Charles Bbale of the
Ecological Party of Uganda, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu of the National Unity
Platform-NUP and Fred Chemuko Wekuri of the Revolutionary People’s Party.
The other candidates all of whom are independents include;
Mayambala Willy, Lugudde Katwe Elizabeth, Mutono Mbulambago Robert, Ebetu
Simon, Mabirizi Joseph, Yamureebire Jothan, Makmot Moses, Okoth Geoffrey,
Katushemerirwe Brenda, Sserunjogi Henry, and Mirembe Phiona.
The Electoral Commission is expected to kick off the nomination
exercise next week November 2-3 at Kyambogo University playground.