Barya returns forms, denies stealing votes for Museveni


Barya at EC

Prof Venansious Baryamureeba became the first presidential aspirant on Monday to return nomination forms to Electoral Commission offices located along Jinja road.

“I have submitted 770 signatures from 77 districts and I intend to submit a supplementary list to make it 112 district,” Barya told press.

“Wish to thank all Ugandans for supporting my candidature and I assure you of victory come 2016,” he said in a tweet after delivering the forms.

“We wish you the best, Prof V Baryamureeba,” the Electoral Commission tweeted back.

Barya paid the required Shs 8m to EC and now awaits verification and authentication of the signatures.

Meanwhile, EC spokesperson, Jotham Taremwa, said the commission extended submission of presidential aspirants’ nomination forms from 21st to 29th September 2015.

Other aspirants have enough time to return their forms with the required signatures.

Barya denies government links

Meanwhile, in an #AskBarya Twitter session held recently, the aspirant dismissed as baseless allegations that he has links in the EC.

“Such allegations are baseless. I have never worked for EC or had involvement in presidential elections,” Barya told tweeps.

He further denied involvement in “stealing elections” for President Museveni in 2011 at Namboole.

He instead advised voters to put NRM out by voting wisely and guarding their votes.

“Do you think this NRM government can let power just like that by winning in elections or the will apply all means to retain it,” a tweep asked.

Barya replied: “I believe we shouldn’t allow ourselves to be resigned. The power is with us the voters.”

Barya insisted that Ugandans must not give the regime a chance to hold on by boycotting.

“We’ll strive to be in a position where we can influence. We need the reforms. We must have them. Boycotting may not give them to us though,” he warned the opposition that has been threatening to pull out if reforms are not effected.

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