The Electoral Commission has rejected the documents submitted by presidential aspirant John Katumba, after he failed to pay the mandatory 20 million shillings which is among the requirements for anyone to stand for president.
Katumba said he tried his best to reach to the Electoral Commission Chairman Justice Simon Byabakama over the issue in vain.
“I have been trying to reach out to the Electoral Commission, writing to Mr Byabakama over that issue. It looks to be a small issue but right now, it has stopped me from being nominated,” he said.
The challenge that made him fail to pay 20 million shillings, was because he lacked a Tax Identification Number (TIN).
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“Getting a TIN number needs you to be employed or owning a company of which I do not because I am a fresh graduate from Makerere. I got out of Makerere then started soliciting signatures. Ugandans entrusted me with their signatures as well as their money because they are my greatest funders,” he noted.
Katumba said he had come with the 20 million shillings in cash to the nomination venue at Kyambogo University Sports Grounds, adding that he tried his best to pay to the bank in vain.
Katumba has up to tomorrow to solve the issue.
Every presidential aspirant is mandated to pay to the Electoral Commission a non-refundable fee of 20 million shillings.
Although in the previous elections, every nominated presidential candidate would be given a double cabin pickup, guards and 20 million shillings to conduct campaigns, this has changed.
The candidates will only be given a double cabin pickup and guards and not 20 million shillings.