EC quashes Kiyingi presidential bid


Dr Aggrey Kiyingi

The Electoral Commission has refused to give Australia based Ugandan cardiologist, Dr Aggrey Kiyingi, presidential nomination forms.

Jotham Taremwa, EC spokesperson, says Dr. Aggrey Kiyingi wasn’t given presidential nomination forms because “he is not a registered voter”.

Kiyingi notified EC in a letter that he had sent a one Frank Bulira with authority to pick nomination forms on his behalf.

The cardiologist who announced he would give President Yoweri Museveni a bloody run, cited financial constraints as he was outside the country hence opting to send a representative.

Taremwa says they denied Bulira forms on grounds that himself is not a registered voter.

“The first requirement is that you need to be a registered voter. Dr. Kiyingi is not on our register, and even Bulira is not a registered voter,” Taremwa told New Vision on Thursday.

“He [Kiyingi] can’t stand for presidency, support or even vote in the 2016 general elections,” Taremwa further said in a tweet.

He said the doctor was ineligible to stand for any elective office, in Uganda.

Kiyingi now has an option of travelling back to Uganda and registering for the national identity card before he can think of contesting.

Kiyingi is wanted by Ugandan courts on terrorism and murder charges which he has since denied.

He is accused of sponsoring the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) and People’s Redemption Army (PRA) rebels to murder Muslim clerics in the country.

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