The Electoral Commission has concluded a two day nomination exercise of aspirants vying for the presidency in the forthcoming 2021 general elections.
A total of 11 candidates have been duly nominated to appear on the ballot next year.
They include; the incumbent Yoweri Kaguta Museveni of National Resistance Movement (NRM), Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu of National Unity Platform (NUP), Lt Gen Henry Tumukunde (Independent), Mugisha Muntu of Alliance for National Transformation (ANT), Willy Mayambala (Independent), Patrick Amuriat Oboi of Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), John Katumba (Independent), Norbert Mao of the Democratic Party (DP), Fred Mwesigye (Independent), Nancy Kalembe Linda (Independent) and Joseph Kabuleta (independent).
The Electoral Commission chairman Justice Simon Byabakama has invited all the nominated candidates for a meeting at EC headquarters in Kampala on Thursday.
“Following the closure of the nomination, the Commission invites all the nominated candidates to attend the first meeting for harmonization of candidates’ campaign meetings which will be held on Thursday 5th November 2020 at the Electoral Commission head offices,” said Byabakama.
He urged the candidates, the agents and supporters to conduct themselves in accordance with the guidelines issued for the campaigns
“We urge to promote safe participation in the electoral processes through the observance of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) issued by the Electoral Commission as well as the public health authorities.”
“We should be reminded that these elections are being conducted in accordance with the COVID-19 environment and therefore it is paramount that we jointly work together to ensure the lives of people of this country, including me and you, are safeguarded and secured from the spread of this virus (COVID-19),” he said.
However, Byabakama did not announce the polling date and when campaigns will begin.
“The Commission will be announcing the polling and campaign dates for presidential elections 2021 in accordance with sections 16 and 21 of the Presidential Elections Act. This will be done in the course of this week,” said Byabakama.