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By Mulengera Reporters


The Justice Simon Byabakama-led Uganda Independent Electoral Commission (EC) has this Sunday afternoon released an updated list showing that more aspirants for Presidency have had signatures supporting their nomination verified and cleared as authentic bringing the number of those cleared as eligible to be candidates so far to four. These are Henry Tumukunde, Nancy Kalembe Linda and Fred Mwesigye. The three are independent candidates joining NRM’s Gen Museveni who was cleared earlier having submitted millions of signatures in a move many perceived as aimed at cowing his opponents.


The 4 cleared so far are cut from a list of 22 aspirants including NUP’s Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu and FDC’s Patrick Oboi Amuriat (POA). The others are Phiona Mirembe, Fred Wakuri Chemuko, Henry Serunjogi, Gregg Mugisha Muntu, Brenda Katushemererwe, John Katumba, Geoffrey Okoth, Moses Makmot, Makerere student Jotham Yamureebire (aka modern Virobuto), Joseph Kiiza Kabuleta, Joseph Mabirizi, Simon Ebetu, Robert Mutono Mbulambago, Dr. Elizabeth Lugudde Katwe-Nabatanzi (a very controversial lady who used to work in Gen Museveni’s office at State House from where she didn’t have good relationship with then very powerful PPS Amelia Kyambadde), Willy Mayambala and Charles Bbaale.

In its Sunday afternoon media release, the EC reiterated that nominations will be held for two days namely Monday 1st and Tuesday 2nd November at Kyambogo University Sports Grounds. Being cleared simply means one has availed the EC with 100 signatures of voters seconding their nomination from at least 98 districts of Uganda. This satisfies the 2/3 requirements of all the 141 districts of Uganda. This isn’t a Byabakama imposition or requirement but one that is a must under Section 10(b) of Presidential Elections Act.

The delay in having the 18 aspirants cleared doesn’t necessarily imply that there is a problem with their signatures as to their authenticity. No. It’s simply about the EC taking its time because one can even submit his or her signatures on the very last day and have them verified and authenticated and be nominated on that very day. Whereas that is legally permissible, it’s very imprudent practice which no one should be encouraged to attempt (as doing such would lead to unnecessary anxiety). The idea is first come first serve meaning aspirants who submitted their lists earlier have to naturally be the first ones to be cleared and authenticated.

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