EC Extends Deadline For Presidential Aspirants To Return Forms

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The acting EC chairman, Joseph Biribonwa, in a statement, says the extension is in response to numerous pleas from some of the 48 presidential aspirants, calling for more time to collect required signatures across the country to endorse their bids.

The Electoral Commission has given a nine-day extension for submission of nomination forms by presidential aspirants.

The deadline for submission was scheduled for September 21 has been pushed to September 29th.

The acting EC chairman, Joseph Biribonwa, in a statement, says the extension is in response to numerous pleas from some of the 48 presidential aspirants, calling for more time to collect required signatures across the country to endorse their bids.

 
An aspirant for the presidency is expected to collect a minimum of 100 signatures from each of the 75 districts they traverse to seek endorsement for the candidature.

 
Biribonwa says all political parties and those standing as independent candidates should ensure that the forms are returned to enable the Commission start the verification exercise.

 
"The nomination papers will be subjected to thorough scrutiny to ensure compliance with the various requirements of the law and to establish the authenticity of supporter names, numbers and signatures or thumbprints, appearing on the supporter forms. Each aspiring candidate must ensure that the returned forms comply with the requirements so that his/her nomination is successful," Biribonwa stresses.

 
So far, 48 presidential hopefuls have picked nomination forms. They include former Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi, former Vice President, Prof. Gilbert Bukenya, Omar Kalinge Nyago, Fredrick Kunya, Deo Lukyamuzi, Joseph Mwambazi and former Makerere University vice Chancellor Venansius Baryamureeba.


Others are former Kampala Mayor Nasser Ntege Ssebagala of Liberal Democratic Transparency Party, Benon Biraaro of Farmers Party, Adam Kamulegeya, Dr. Abed Bwanika, Muzamil Mumeya Magomu and Weraga Erisa Kiggundu as independent aspiring candidates.
 

 
Ritah Nalule and Maureen Faith Kyalya Walube are the only female presidential aspirants.

 
The Commission has set October 5 and 6 as dates for nomination of candidates, which will take place at Namboole Stadium.


"We advise candidates to inform the Commission on which days they would like to be nominated on to avoid confusion," Jotham Taremwa, the EC spokesperson says.

 
Aloysius Matovu, one of the presidential aspirants welcomed the extension. He however says they need at least a month to traverse the whole country.

 
"The time we have been given is too little compared to the areas we have to lobby signatures from. The Commission should be considerate about this because even getting 100 signatures from one district is hard enough,"  Matovu laments.

 
However, Taremwa says the Commission has a set date for the nominations and the verification process will weed out unserious candidates.

 

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Olive Eyotaru
Olive Eyotaru is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Eyotaru has been a URN staff member since February 2015.

Eyotaru started practising journalism while still studying at Uganda Christian University. She was a reporter with Ultimate Media Consult Ltd between 2005 and 2007.

In 2009, Eyotaru joined Monitor Publications Limited, under KFM Radio as a parliamentary and business reporter. Consequently, Eyotaru started writing for the Daily Monitor newspaper until January 2015, when she moved to URN.

She is interested in reporting about politics, health, human rights, business and sports.