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By Mulengera Reporter

The Justice Simon Byabakama-led Electoral Commission (EC) has finally announced dates for nomination of candidates for the 2021 local council, parliamentary and presidential elections, with a call on all those who intend to contest to follow the set guidelines to avoid disappointments.

Presidential aspirants will be nominated on November 02 and 03, parliamentary hopefuls will be nominated between October 12 and 13 while nomination of candidates for Local Government Councils will be conducted from September 21 to October 01, 2020, according to EC publicist Paul Bukenya.

For the presidential nominations, at least 60 Ugandans have already expressed interest in the country’s top seat, and these include Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) flag bearer Mugisha Muntu, National Unity Platform (NUP) aspirant Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine, former security minister Lt Gen (Rtd) Henry Tumukunde, as well as the incumbent President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

Months ago, Byabakama and his team embarked on a process to hold what have come to be known as “scientific elections” which will see no campaign rallies as a preventive measure against the deadly Covid19 disease for which Uganda has so far registered a little over 50 deaths and over 4,000 infections since the first case was reported in March 2020.

A revised roadmap that Byabakama released sometime in June saw the normal campaign rallies struck off, with the EC advising aspirants to convince voters via mainstream and new media channels. This move raised criticism from politicians and civil society activists, with some suggesting that regulated meetings be allowed – provided participants follow standard operating procedures (SOPs) such as hand washing, wearing of masks and social distance. But the recently concluded NRM party parliamentary primaries cast doubts on implementation of SOPs since most people, including candidates, flouted the guidelines.

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