Gen. Yoweri Tibuhaburwa Kaguta Museveni, the incumbent Head-Of-State, NRM National Chairman and 2021 Presidential flagbearer has been declared the only aspiring Presidential candidate to have fulfilled all prerequisite conditions necessary to get nominated.
A communication from the Independent Electoral Commission issued today confirms that only Museveni has had his signatures seconding his nomination verified. He is, therefore, the only aspirant so far cleared by the election body for nomination.
A team from the NRM Secretariat filed 5 million signatures from all districts of Uganda seconding Museveni’s nomination. The figure surpassed the legal requirement of 9, 800 signatures by far.
Addressing journalists, the Electoral Commission chairperson, Justice Simon Byabakama, said as of today, October 22, 2020, 19 other aspirants had submitted their supporter forms for verification but most of them are still pending verified.
As ever, Team Museveni was foresighted and quick footed in fulfilling terms required to set the winning aspirant on the front row of the contest where he is expected to reap over 70%. Five million signatures equates to five million voters for Museveni to start with even before Election Day.
Museveni is to be nominated on November 2, 2020 at Kyambogo sports grounds, according to Byabakama.
The electoral body chief also announced that Parliamentary candidates shall campaign from November, 9 to January 12, 2021 while City/District Local Government Councils (Lord Mayor/Mayors/Chairpersons &Councilors) will campaign from November 9 to January, 18 2021.
The elections for MPs are slated for January 14, 2021 while Elections of District Local Government Councils: (District/City Chairpersons, Lord Mayor, Mayors, and Councillors) will be on January 20, 2021.
Campaigns shall be conducted between 7.00 am and 6.00 pm; and in accordance with the harmonized candidates’ campaign programme;
All activities will be conducted in accordance with the measures and guidelines put in place by the Ministry of Health to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) issued by the Electoral Commission to prevent and combat person-to-person, person-to-object and object-to-person spread of the COVID-19.
During the conduct of election activities, processions and public/mass rallies remain banned. Candidates will, however, be allowed to organise/hold campaign meetings, in a regulated manner, preferably outdoors, with limited attendance of a maximum of seventy (70) persons, to enable the observance of the 2-meters social distancing rule for the persons attending the meeting.