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Uganda’s Presidential Election to Be Held on January 14th – EC Announces

The Electoral Commission has appointed January 14, 2021 for the election of the President.

A total of 11 candidates were on Monday and Tuesday this week duly nominated to appear on the ballot paper.

They include; the incumbent Yoweri Kaguta Museveni of National Resistance Movement (NRM) party, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine of National Unity Platform (NUP), Lt Gen Henry Tumukunde (Independent), Mugisha Muntu Gregg of Alliance for National Transformation (ANT), Willy Mayambala (Independent), Patrick Amuriat Oboi of Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party, John Katumba (Independent), Nobert Mao of the Democratic Party (DP),  Fred Mwesigye (Independent), Nancy Kalembe Linda (Independent) and Joseph Kabuleta Kiiza who is also independent.

The Electoral Commission Chairman Justice Simon Byabakama did not announce the polling date and when campaigns will begin.

“The Commission will be announcing the polling and campaign dates for presidential elections 2021 in accordance with sections 16 and 21 of Presidential Elections Act. This will be done in the course of this week,” said Byabakama.

However, today afternoon, the Electoral Commission spokespeople Paul Bukenya announced on his Twitter page that the Commission has appointed January 14, 2021 the polling date for President.

“The 14th day of January 2021 is appointed polling day for presidential elections 2021,” Bukenya announced.

Bukenya did not announce when campaigns will begin.

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Meanwhile, the Electoral Commission chairman Justice Simon Byabakama had invited all the nominated candidates for a meeting at EC headquarters in Kampala on Thursday.

“Following the closure of the nomination, the Commission invites all the nominated candidates to attend the first meeting for harmonization candidates’ campaign meetings which will be held on Thursday 5th November 2020 at the Electoral Commission head offices,” said Byabakama.

He urged the candidates, the agents and supporters to conduct themselves in accordance with the guidelines issued for the campaigns

“We urge to promote safe participation in the electoral processes through the observance of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) issued by the Electoral Commission as well as the public health authorities. We should be reminded that these elections are being conducted in accordance with COVID-19 environment and therefore it is Paramount that we jointly work together to ensure the lives of people of this country including me and you are safeguarded and secured from the spread of this virus (COVID-19),” he said.

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