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Uganda Elections: 10 Aspirants Pick Presidential Nomination Forms

At least ten presidential hopefuls have picked nomination forms from the Electoral Commission (EC) head offices in Kampala.

The aspiring candidates include Dan Matsiko (Independent), Charles Bbaale of the Ecological Party of Uganda (EPU), Christopher Rugaba (Independent), Fred Mwesigye (Independent) and Maj. (Rtd) Joseph Mwambazi (Independent).

“The Electoral Commission has started issuing nomination forms and nomination guidelines for Presidential Elections, 2021, with ten (10) aspiring candidates collecting the documents on the first day, Monday 10th August 2020,” EC’s Acting spokesperson, Paul Bukenya told ChimpReports this evening.

Other aspiring candidates who collected forms today include Harold Nuwasima, Kitsa Bunnet Eric, John Katumba, Joshua Isingoma Mugisa and Bob Akileng, who are all independent.

Bukenya said the aspirants also collected supporter forms, which will be used to collect signatures indicating the support of not less than 100 registered voters in each of at least two thirds of all the districts of Uganda.

Nomination of Candidates for Presidential Elections is scheduled for November ahead of the 2021 general elections.

The aspirants, if nominated, will tussle it out with other presidential hopefuls including Yoweri Museveni and Robert Kyagulanyi.

SOPs for collecting signatures
All aspiring candidates are required under the respective electoral laws, to collect signatures to support their nominations.
Due to COVID-19, all aspiring candidates and respective agents, while accessing and leaving the homes of the voters required to sign their nomination forms, shall be required to wash hands and wear the recommended face masks.
All voters signing and/ or thumb printing the nomination paper shall be required to wear the recommended face masks at all times and wash hands before and after signing and/ or thumb printing a nomination paper.
Both the voters and aspiring candidates/ agents have the obligation to ensure compliance with the wearing a masks, washing hands, use of sanitizers and observance of social distancing.
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