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2016 Election Aspirants Need URA Tax Clearance

Chairman of the National Electoral Commission Eng Badru Kiggundu has strongly condemned the violence and malpractice that was witnessed in the various political parties’ lower level elections; which peaked with this week’s NRM Parliamentary, doctor Mayoral and LC5 Primaries.

Eng Kiggundu stressed Thursday morning that Ugandans must desist from any actions that may lead to disorder. He went on to warn that the commission would not hesitate to de-nominate any candidates who will engage in acts contrary to laws and guidelines issued for smooth execution of various electoral activities

“Competitive elections will always have one person and winner. We can hold different political views and still live together as communities and a country. Elections should never divide us, page ” said Kiggundu.

He was this morning laying out the Electoral Commission’s guidelines for candidates ahead of the presidential nominations which will be held next week on November 3rd and 4th at the Mandela National Stadium.

So far, only 11 Presidential aspirants have returned lists of 100 supporters from required minimum of 75 districts. The commission issued certificates to 9 of these namely; Abed Bwanika, Amama Mbabazi, Yoweri Museveni, Col Kizza Besigye, Gen Benon Biraaro, Joseph Mabirizi, Nasser Ssebagala and Faith Walube Kyalya

On November 3rd, Incumbent Yoweri Museveni will be nominated first at 10:00am, and former Premier Amama Mbabazi will follow an hour later. Col Kizza Besigye is scheduled for the following day at 11 am.

According to the set guidelines, access to the venue will be restricted to authorized persons alone.

“Aspirants must use 2 vehicles with whose occupancy should not exceed 20 persons,” said Kiggundu.


Exception however, has been made to President Museveni, to access Nambole with his entire security detail as provided for in the law.

Eng Kiggundu asked Candidates to conduct their campaigns in line with harmonized and approved campaign programmed which will be shared with all stakeholders.

Meanwhile, after the nomination exercise, two of the presidential candidates Hon Amama Mbabazi and President Yoweri Museveni have scheduled massive rallies at the Kololo Independence grounds at the same time.

According to one of Mbabazi’s top strategists and DP president Norbert Mao, thousands of Go Forward supporters after Mbabazi’s nomination will be converging at the independence grounds.

“Owing to these numbers, we found that there was no other place we could hold this rally other than Kololo,” he told reporters on Tuesday.

He however revealed that they were aware that President Museveni booked the same venue for his rally after nomination.

If blocked by police from accessing the venue, Mao said the supporters will pour on the streets of Kampala.

All aspirants in the forthcoming general elections will be required to present a tax clearance in a bid to crackdown on tax evaders seeking elective positions, more about Chimp Corps report.

Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) said in a statement that as the country prepares for the election season, “the Tax Clearance Certificate has been highlighted as one of the requirements for Registration to enable participation in the election.”

The statement issued by the Domestic Taxes Department further read: “If you intend to contest in the upcoming national elections, you will need to obtain a Tax Clearance Certificate from URA addressed to the Electoral Commission.”

This means that tax evaders will miss out on electoral positions if they do not fulfill their tax obligations.

EC spokesperson Jotham Taremwa said he would have to make consultations on the matter.

URA today advised aspirants that, “In order to make it easy for you to obtain a Tax Clearance Certificate, please ensure that all your tax returns are filed and any outstanding tax due is paid.”

The nomination for presidential candidates is set for October 5 -6 while MPs will be nominated in December.

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