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Man from Kanungu denied by EC from picking Presidential nomination forms

Man from Kanungu denied by EC from picking Presidential nomination forms

AFRICA
Kampala, Uganda  Electoral Commission has turned away presidential hopeful, Gideon Turyamureeba. The 33-year-old from Kanungu district turned up at Electoral Commission offices along Jinja road on Thursday afternoon to pick presidential nominations ahead of the 2021 general elections. However, Turyamureeba was denied the presidential nomination forms when he failed to reveal his profession, which raised a suspicion on his level of education. Turyamureeba couldn’t have any of this. He accused Electoral Commission of corruption. He said that he has the prerequisite educational qualifications to stand for the presidency. According to the 2021 presidential nomination guidelines, a person is not qualified for election as president unless that person has completed a minimum forma...
EU ambassadors, FDC leaders discuss 2021 elections

EU ambassadors, FDC leaders discuss 2021 elections

AFRICA
KAMPALA – European Union (EU) ambassadors on Thursday held a closed door meeting with Opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) leaders ahead of the 2021 elections. The head of the EU delegation, Mr Attilio Pacifici told journalists that they meeting centred on issues of democracy and good governance, among them human rights as the country heads into elections. In the meeting, FDC was represented by party president Patrick Amuriat, party chairperson Waswa Biriggwa, deputy party spokesperson John Kikonyogo and youth league chairperson Walid Lubega. Mr Kikonyogo told journalists that they told the EU team that the army involvement in national elections, raising might be a recipe for violence. “We are worried that LDUs are going to be involved in the forthcoming elections and ...
UGANDA: Dr.Besigye drops out of 2021 Presidential race

UGANDA: Dr.Besigye drops out of 2021 Presidential race

AFRICA, UGANDA
The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) is at crossroads after the party’s founding president and four-time presidential candidate, Kizza Besigye, flatly turned down their plea to carry the party’s flag again in the 2021 General Election. Dr Besigye, who has challenged President Museveni for the country’s presidency in the last four elections since 2001, has on each occasion accused the President of rigging the elections. He has gone to the Supreme Court two times in 2001 and 2006 and on both occasions the judges unanimously confirmed there was widespread rigging but on a split decision of 5:2 and 4:3 respectively, the majority judges ruled that the vote stealing was not substantial as to reverse the final result.Dr Besigye’s decision to not contest in the 2021 presidential race has l...
2021 ELECTIONS: President Museveni Summons NRM CEC to Plan on Party Primaries Roadmap.

2021 ELECTIONS: President Museveni Summons NRM CEC to Plan on Party Primaries Roadmap.

AFRICA, UGANDA
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, who also serves as the chairperson of the ruling National Resistance Movement party has summoned the party’s central executive committee (CEC) over elections roadmap. According to the notice seen by this website, the agenda has only three items which include prayer, communication from the chairperson and consideration of the NRM electoral roadmap. “Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the Central Executive Committee of the National Resistance Movement Organisation will be held on Sunday, July 12, 2020 at State House, Entebbe beginning at 11:00 a.m.” The notice reads in part. Appearing before the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee on Tuesday, July 7, the NRM Secretariat team led by the secretary-general, Justine Kasule Lumumba, Opposed the...
UGANDA: EC out of Funds to enable Ugandans in the diaspora, prisoners to vote.

UGANDA: EC out of Funds to enable Ugandans in the diaspora, prisoners to vote.

AFRICA, UGANDA
KAMPALA- The Electoral Commission (EC) has petitioned court seeking more time to enable them cater for the participation of prisoners and Ugandans in the Diaspora and prisoners in national elections. In an application that was filed on Tuesday in the High Court, EC through its legal officer Mr Hamid Lugoloobi stated that the commission does not have money to facilitate the process. Mr Lugoloobi said that the money that was allocated to the commission for the 2020/2021 financial year can only handle registered Ugandans. Last month, Justice Lydia Mugambe, ended the 25- year ban on voting rights of prisoners and Ugandans abroad.  "As citizens, Ugandans of eighteen years and above who are in prison or in the Diaspora have the right to vote under Article 59 of the Constitution...
TECHNOLOGY: UCC passes strict guidelines to Media Houses prior to the scheduled Digital Campaigns

TECHNOLOGY: UCC passes strict guidelines to Media Houses prior to the scheduled Digital Campaigns

TECHNOLOGY, UGANDA
Uganda Communication Commission (UCC) has issued tough guidelines on the expected practice by broadcasting media houses regarding campaigning and elections reporting for the 2021 general elections. According to UCC, the issued guidelines provide basic requirements to achieve balance, fairness, and impartiality in election coverage. The guidelines cover political advertising, equitable access to talk-shows, equal coverage to candidates and media sponsorship on both private and public media during election period. The key highlights in the guidelines issued include; Reasonable Access: Stations will not turn away candidates running for presidential and parliamentary seats and they must provide them with “some” access in dayparts ie; morning, lunchtime, evening and nightshows. ...
UGANDA: Cabinet drafts new rules for parties.

UGANDA: Cabinet drafts new rules for parties.

AFRICA, UGANDA
A special Cabinet meeting chaired by President Museveni on Tuesday discussed and approved new regulations for the conduct of political parties during the Covid-19 pandemic.Justice minister Ephraim Kamuntu is expected to table the new draft regulations to Parliament today. The government regulations seek to regulate the conduct of political parties and align their activities with the Public Health Act. The draft regulations provide for several options which political parties may adopt in holding party meetings. The guidelines supplant party constitutions and will guide political parties to identify flagbearers ahead of the 2021 General Election.The new statutory instrument provides for virtual meetings for political parties, use of newspapers to circulate resolutions, phased election...
UGANDA: The Proposed Scientific Election In 2021 May Cause A Constitutional Crisis,FRED MUWEMA

UGANDA: The Proposed Scientific Election In 2021 May Cause A Constitutional Crisis,FRED MUWEMA

AFRICA, UGANDA
The Electoral Commission released a revised roadmap for the 2020/21 general elections where it stated that “mass rallies will not be allowed but campaigns will be conducted mainly through media.” Many people are wondering how a restriction on one aspect of the campaigns i.e. mass rallies, can reduce the whole election into a “scientific election”? The reality is that it is the rallies which have the pull and push power of the campaigns and the campaigns are the gravitas of the electoral process. You literally can not tell when the electoral process has begun until the campaign rallies have begun. So that is probably why the EC can get away with calling the whole election “scientific”. Because campaigns and their rallies are the amalgam that sticks the whole electoral process together a...