The Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) has shed light qualifications needed from aspiring candidates for political offices as 2021 general elections draw closer.
The UNEB Executive Secretary Dan Odongo, has in a statement on Thursday explained that section 4(1) of Parliamentary Elections Act 2005 provides that a person is qualified to be a Member of Parliament if that person has completed a minimum formal education of Advanced Level standard or its equivalent.
Sub-section 5 of the same section provides that for purposes of paragraph (c) of sub-section 1, any persons wishing to stand for elections as a Member of Parliament shall establish his her own qualifications to the Electoral Commission as a person holding a minimum qualification of Advanced Level or its equivalent at least 2 months before the nomination day in the case of general elections and 2 weeks in case of a by-election.
For the avoidance of doubt, section 4(13) provides that if a candidate has an Advanced certificate obtained in Uganda or qualifications higher than the prescribed qualifications obtained in Uganda or obtained from the University of East Africa or any of its Constituency colleges, there shall be no need for verification of his or her qualifications by the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE).
“In light of the above provisions, aspiring candidates who have their original Advanced Level certificates need not to verify with UNEB. However, in the case of those who may have lost their certificates, UNEB will issue letters of verification upon application by the aspirant,” Odongo said.
Applications shall be submitted online using the link; services.uneb.ac.ug
With regard to people wishing to equate qualifications obtained from Uganda or outside Uganda to the level of Advanced certificate, Odongo explained that the law provides that such persons shall equate their qualifications through the production of a certificate issued by National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) in consultation with UNEB.
“Accordingly, aspiring candidates seeking to equate their academic documents for purposes of the 2020/2021 elections are hereby advised to submit their applications for equating to National Council for Higher Education,” Odongo added.