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EC Sets Date For Presidential Nominations



The Electoral Commission (EC) has announced dates when candidates in the race for Presidency, Parliamentary and Local Council elections will be nominated.

The acting Electoral Commission spokesperson, Paul Bukenya, said the presidential candidates will be nominated on November 2 and 3, 2020 whereas Members of Parliament will be nominated between October 12 and 13, 2020.

Bukenya also said nomination of candidates for Local Government elections will be conducted between September 21 and October 1, 2020.

The Electoral Commission earlier this year announced that mass rallies will not be allowed during the forthcoming 2021 general elections to avoid the spread of Coronavirus.

“Mass rallies will not be allowed but campaigns will be conducted mainly through media,” Justice Byabakama said in June.

“The Commission will issue specific guidelines for each electoral activity under this revised Roadmap in due course and will engage with various stakeholders on the same.

“This includes detailed information on specific requirements for nomination as a candidate, access to nomination forms, nomination fees and venues and conduct of campaigns and polling process.”

The contenders have been urged to visit their district EC office or the commission’s website to get forms.

The Electoral Commission chairperson said all candidates have a right to free space on government-owned media, adding that they would engage the Uganda Communications Commission in regards to private media.

“More appeal goes to media owners to avail opportunities to all the candidates for fair coverage,” Justice Byabakama said.

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