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Unusual Calmness Covers Kampala on Day Two of Nominations

This morning, a few Security officers are seen walking on the streets with hardly any deployment at the Kampala Electoral Commission Offices in Ntinda, where nominations are taking place. The place is calm but silently active with the processions, even as more parliamentary aspirants walk-in for nomination.
16 Oct 2020 11:13
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There is low activity in parts of Kampala today, as the nomination of parliamentary candidates enters the second and final day. The mood today is the total opposite of what transpired on the first day of nominations on Thursday.

On the first day, candidates considered to be strong contenders in the race to the 11th Parliament were nominated amidst heavy deployment and processions. Some of those nominated include incumbent Kampala Central MP Muhammad Nsereko, National Unity Platform's (NUP) Fred Nyanzi, and National Resistance Movement (NRM) party's Cedric Babu Ndilima, and others. 

The nomination was coloured with heavy deployment of police Field Force Unit (FFU) officers, Uganda People's Defense Forces (UPDF) soldiers, Local Defence Units (LDU) personnel as well as Military Police. They spent the day in running battles with contestants who defied the electoral commission guidelines and led processions to and from the nomination centre.

However, this morning, a few Security officers are seen walking on the streets with hardly any deployment at the Kampala Electoral Commission Offices in Ntinda, where nominations are taking place. The place is calm but silently active with the processions, even as more parliamentary aspirants walk-in for nomination.

According to the nomination guidelines, the Electoral Commission cautioned aspirants against holding processions, convoys and rallies, since this will also be a violation of the process and set COVID-19 Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). The EC directed every aspirant to appear at the nomination centre with only four people in their company.

According to Fredrick Muwaya, the Electoral commission Returning Officer for Kampala District, tup to 22 people are expected to present themselves for nomination today,  according to the prebooked schedule. Of these, 18 had been prebooked for today while the four missed nomination on Thursday.

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Walter  Lubega Mukaaku, an aspirant for Rubaga South MP who was the first to be nominated on day at two says that the current and past leaders in Rubaga South have failed to work for the people and this is what he hopes to change.

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On the first day of nomination, EC  approved 66 persons seeking to contest for parliamentary positions in the 10 constituencies spread out in the five divisions of Kampala city. They include 59 candidates for directly elected positions and seven others for the woman MP seat.

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