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31 Join Presidential Race as EC Demarcates New Constituencies

The Electoral Commission has Friday announced extension of the nomination dates for the local council elections, to allow time for the demarcation of the recently created constituencies.

Government this year alone has created a total of 46 new Counties, 10 new cities, 1 new district and 5 Parliamentary seats for Older Persons.

All these were created after the Electoral Commission put out the revised Roadmap for next year’s elections.

As such, Justice Simon Byabakama the Commission Chairman says they have had to make a number of changes to accommodate the new constituencies in the coming election.

Part of the changes, he said, is the extension of the period for nomination of candidates for Local Government Council Elections, from the earlier dates of 7th – 17th September 2020, to new dates of 21st September – 1st October 2020.

“For purposes of absorbing the above new creations into the General Elections 2020/2021, the Electoral Commission has had to make revisions to the electoral Roadmap to provide for the demarcation of Local Government Electoral Areas and Re-organisation of Polling Stations in the affected parishes/wards in the 168 new Town Councils and Sub Counties located in various parts of Uganda,” Byabakama told press.

“The purpose for demarcation of Local Government Electoral Areas is to clearly define the areas of representation for Directly Elected Councillors and Women Councillors.”

The demarcation process, he said is expected to be concluded by 3rd September 2020.

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“The Commission calls upon on all stakeholders in the electoral process to carefully study the changes and to participate in accordance with the timelines and guidelines issued for the respective activities.”

Presidential Race

Meanwhile, Byabakama revealed today that so far, 31 Ugandans have picked nomination forms to contest for the presidency in next year’s election.

Among these, he said,  are three women.

The window for picking forms has been open since Monday 10th August 2020.

“The aspirants will use the supporter forms to collect signatures indicating the support of not less than one hundred (100) registered voters in each of at least two thirds (2/3) of all the districts of Uganda,” Byabakama.

“Aspiring presidential candidates are encouraged to submit the lists of supporters to the Electoral Commission for verification at least two (2) weeks before the nomination dates.”

The EC Boss also took time to caution political leaders and supporters who have been organizing and participating in mass rallies and processions, which remain banned because of the Covid19 pandemic.

“The Commission strongly condemns this kind of conduct which is putting the lives of Ugandans at the risk of contracting COVID-19,” he said.

“We urge all stakeholders to comply with the measures put in place by the Ministry of Health to prevent and combat the spread of COVID -19 are strictly observed and should ensure social distancing, wearing of masks and washing of hands, and by avoiding public gatherings and mass rallies.”

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