EC clears Besigye, Mbabazi, Museveni to stand in 2016


An illustration of the three-horse race for State House between President Museveni, Kizza Besigye and Amama Mbabazi. ILLUSTRATION BY ALEX KWIZERA/ Daily Monitor


The Electoral Commission has cleared presidential aspirants, Yoweri Museveni, Kizza Besigye and Amama Mbabazi for 2016 elections.

The President, former Prime Minister and Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) flag bearer are now official presidential candidates in the general elections.

Certificates dated October 2, 2015 and signed by EC boss, Badru Kiggundu, confirmed the aspirants.


The trio returned presidential nomination forms with the required signatures last week.

The certificates mean that EC has verified and acknowledged the group’s nomination papers.

Another contender was former Makerere University Vice Chancellor, Prof Venansius Baryamureeba, who was even the first to return nomination forms.


Museveni will be nominated by his party in November and Besigye too will be nominated in Namboole in the same month.

This is the fourth time Besigye will be standing against Museveni.

He stood against the incumbent in 2001, 2006 and 2011 and lost thrice.


For Amama, it will be his first time to stand as the country’s president having lost all juicy positions in government.

“This afternoon, the National Electoral Commission issued a certificate showing that I had completed stage 1 of the nomination process,” Amama said in a social media message.

He added: “With the certificate in hand, we can now get on with verification of all other nomination documents.”

The battle lines have been drawn; the three-legged horse is now set in motion.

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