The Independent Electoral Commission has confirmed dates for the nomination of presidential candidates and Members of Parliament among other aspirants in the forthcoming 2021 general elections.

The Independent Electoral Commission has confirmed dates for the nomination of presidential candidates and Members of Parliament among other aspirants in the forthcoming 2021 general elections.

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Please be reminded that the nomination of candidates for Local Government Councils will be conducted from 21st September to 1st October 2020.

EC Chairman,Justice Dr Simon Byabakama.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

 The nomination of candidates for Parliamentary Elections will be conducted on 12th & 13th October 2020. 

The nomination of candidates for Presidential Elections will be conducted on 2nd & 3rd November 2020.

 Please visit your respective District Electoral Commission Office or EC website www.ec.or.ug for nomination forms and guidelines and other details.

According to the acting Electoral Commission spokesperson, Paul Bukenya, 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 noted that 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 Electoral Commission chairperson said whereas they have the duty to recognize the constitutional right of citizens to vote and choose their desired leaders, they are also mandated to observe health guidelines for safety of citizens.

“All campaigns have to be conducted in that manner(through media) because some of our political actors are undisciplined. The safest way is to say no to gatherings.”

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 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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