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Presidential Candidates Fail to Declare Wealth, Sources of Funding

According to Paul Bukenya, the EC Manager Media and Public Relations, as of Tuesday 17, 2020 when the 14 days elapsed after presidential candidates were nominated and campaigns started, the commission did not receive a record from any of the presidential candidates.

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The Electoral Commission (EC) has not received the source of funding from all eleven people who were nominated to contest for the 2021 presidential election.

The Presidential Elections Act, as amended, requires candidates to declare to the Electoral Commission, the source of their funding within 14 days after the day of nomination. But as of Tuesday, November 17, 2020, when the 14-days elapsed, the commission had not received a record from any of the presidential candidates, according to EC spokesperson Paul Bukenya.

He says that the presidential candidates have failed to comply yet they are familiar with the law and the guidelines on the obligations they must meet to remain in the race. He says it is up to the EC Chairperson to take action in line with the law against all the presidential candidates who have not complied.

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Meanwhile, some presidential candidates have expressed dissatisfaction about the unequal treatment where they are asked to declare their sources of funding and wealth. Nancy Linda Kalembe, an Independent Presidential Candidate says the electoral laws are repressive and oppressive meant to make others uncomfortable.

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John Katumba, another Independent candidate says he cannot afford to transport himself and the welfare of his security detail without depending on hand-outs from well-wishers and supporters. He adds that for him, he has nothing to declare.  

Lewis Rubongoya, the Secretary-General of the National Unity Platform (NUP) says that the laws that require candidates to declare their sources of funds are used to apply double standards in the 2021 elections. He asks why the EC watches on as NUP supporters are arrested and tortured, without a say.

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Also in the presidential race is Patrick Oboi Amuriat of the Forum for Democratic Change-FDC, Maj. Gen (rtd) Gregg Mugisha Muntu from the Alliance for National Transformation - ANT), Yoweri Kaguta Museveni of the National Resistance Movement -NRM party, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu of the National Unity Platform, Norbert Mao (Democratic Party,) and Independents Lt Gen (Rtd) Henry Tumukunde, Fred Mwesigye, Joseph Kabuleta and Willy Mayambala.

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