President Yoweri Museveni has been duly nominated to contest for the sixth time for the country’s highest seat.
Museveni, 76, is carrying the flag of his Ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party.
Museveni, accompanied by his wife Janet and a group of top NRM officials was nominated by the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission Justice Simon Byabakama, after presenting the required documents.
“I … here by declare that Yoweri Museveni Tibuhaburwa Kaguta, a duly nominated candidate in respect to the Presidential Elections 2021 having fulfilled the requirements as per the Presidential elections act 2005 as amended,” Byabakama announced.
The requirements included among others proof of minimum education (A’level), proof of registration as a voter, certificate of compliance to EC guidelines, and proof of Payment Shs. 20million nomination fees.
The documents were perused and certified by the EC Commissioners Justine Ahabwe Mugabi, Peter Emorut, Natali Etomaru, Chairman Simon Byabakama his deputy Aisha Lubega, and Mustafa Kigozi.
Speaking before nomination, Justice Byabakama appealed to President Museveni and the rest of the presidential aspirants to make sure that they provide the commission with their planned campaign schedule.
“Candidates are asked to provide us with their campaign schedule by 9th November 2020 to help with harmonization of campaign the campaign,” he said.
Byabakama also revealed that shortly after the 2-day nomination exercise which ends tomorrow Tuesday, the Commission will announce the official election dates.
The election is expected sometime in February next year according to the current roadmap issued earlier by the commission.
Speaking shortly after being nominated, President Yoweri Museveni said he was thankful for his nomination and hailed the NRM supporters in the different districts who nominated him.
By this morning, the commission had verified a total of 10 presidential aspirants who will be nominated in the two days.
These include President Museveni, Gen Henry Tumukunde, Mwesigye Fred Mayambala, Joseph Willy Kabuleta, Kyagulanyi Sentamu Robert, John Katumba, Nancy Lindah Kalembe, Amuriat Oboi Patrick and Gen Mugisha Muntu.
Following the nomination, candidates who wish to meet their supporters to launch their manifestos were advised by Justice Byabakama to do so in a “regulated manner, preferably virtually at events with limited attendance of 70 people.”
“Candidates and venue owners should also ensure that hand washing facilities and sanitizers are provided and that all supporters are wearing facemasks at all times.”