EC bans militias, youth brigades from polls



The Electoral Commission has announced November 3 and 4, 2015 as the new dates for nominating presidential candidates.

EC chairman, Eng Badru Kiggundu, told press in Kampala on Friday that presidential Campaigns will run from 9th November 2015 to 10th February 2016.

The nomination shall be conducted at Mandela National Stadium beginning at 10am and ending at 4pm on each of the appointed dates.

The period for submission of lists of supporters by aspiring candidates which commenced on 21 September will now continue until 23 October 2015.

He said the nomination fees for presidential candidates has been revised from Shs 8,000,000 to Shs 20, 000,000 “only”.

For Parliamentary elections, Parliament has raised nomination fees from Shs 200, 000 to Shs 3,000,00.

“The presidential aspirants who had already made a payment of Shs 8,000,000 are advised to pay the balance of the fees before nomination day,” Kiggunda said.

He said the requirement for presidential candidates to campaign in every district of Uganda has been removed.

Also removed is the facilitation of presidential candidates by the Electoral Commission.

The time for closure of polling has been changed to 4pm instead of 5pm.

Extension of nomination dates, according to the EC boss, will among others enable EC & aspiring candidates to fully comply with provisions of amended electoral laws.

The commission shall subject nomination papers to thorough scrutiny to ensure compliance with various requirements of the law

“We’ll scrutinise nomination papers to establish authenticity of supporters names, numbers, signatures and thumbprints appearing on forms,” he said.

He said EC was concerned that some individuals have plans to hire security groups to safeguard their interests during the ongoing process.

“EC wish to reiterate that it is only Uganda police which is in charge of providing security during the electoral process.”

According to Kiggundu, political parties and successfully nominated independent candidates will be permitted to deploy not more than 5 observers per Sub County.

“Accredited observers will be required to limit their activities to designated areas and police will be notified to enforce this regulation.”

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