EC threatens to ‘de-nominate’ presidential candidates


Eng. Badru Kiggundu

The Chairperson Electoral Commission, Eng. Dr. Badru M. Kiggundu, has threatened to “de-nominate” [new vocabulary?] all presidential candidates who do not abide by the rules issued by the commission.

“We will de-nominate any candidates who engage in acts contrary to law and guidelines issued for the smooth execution of various electoral activities,” Kiggundu told press Thursday in Kampala.

He was updating the country on the final preparations for the nomination of candidates for Presidential Elections 2016, as well as other activities related to the Roadmap for the 2015-2016 General Elections.

He said the Commission has finalised the preparations for nomination of candidates which will be conducted on Tuesday 3rd November, and Wednesday 4th November 2015, at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole, beginning at 10:00am and ending at 4:00pm on each of the appointed dates.

He said eleven (11) aspirants have returned lists of one hundred (100) supporters from the required minimum of seventy five (75) districts, which have been subjected to verification, and the Commission has issued Certificate of Clearance to the following ten (10) Presidential aspirants, who have satisfied the above requirement.

They include; Bwanika Abed (Peoples’ Development Party), Bbaale Charles Lwanga (Ecological Party of Uganda), Yoweri Kaguta Museveni (National Resistance Movement), Baryamureeba Venancius (Independent), Kiiza Besigye (Forum for Democratic Change), Mabirizi Joseph (Independent), Amama Mbabazi (Independent), Benon B. Biraro (Farmers’ Party of Uganda),Ssebagala Nasser Ntege (Independent) and Walube Faith Maurine Kyalya (Independent).

He said the other aspirants are still being verified basing on; proof of age (not less than 35 years and not more than 75 years); proof of possession of minimum academic qualification (‘A’ Level or its equivalent) and proof of payment of a non-refundable nomination fee of Shs20m.

“Aspirants are reminded to strictly follow the payment procedures as outlined in the Presidential nominations guidelines, and to note that General Receipts shall be issued at the Electoral Commission headquarters and not at the nomination venue (Nambole).”

“Aspirants should not come to Namboole for nomination with partial documents!”

According to the programme, Museveni will be nominated on November 3 at 10:00am, Mbabazi at 11:00am, Baryamureeba at 12:00pm and Lwanga at 2:00pm.

The next day, Besigye will be nominated at 11:00am, Bwanika at 12:00pm and Mabirizi at 2:00pm.

Kiggundu said access to the stadium will be restricted to authorised persons only.

“Accordingly, an aspirant is expected to use two vehicles whose occupancy should not exceed a total of twenty (20) persons, and each vehicle shall bear police stickers.”

Only president Museveni will be allowed a bigger entourage and personal guard.

The Commission is currently processing the final polling Register, Kiggundu noted, adding that, in due course, the Commission will publish and gazette the total number of registered voters and the polling stations for purposes of the 2016 General Elections.

He lashed at aspirants who tried to change their sponsorship status to be nominated and contest on a different party ticket, or even as independent, which is contrary to their original nomination.

“The Commission would like to condemn such conduct as unacceptable, and clarify that a candidate’s nomination status cannot be changed in the course of the election.”

He also condemned acts of violence during various ongoing electoral activities.

“The Commission condemns such acts in the strongest terms possible, and calls upon Ugandans to desist from any actions that may lead to public disorder and threaten personal lives and property.”

“Let us realize that competitive elections will always have one person emerging as the winner. Do not allow acts of violence to disrupt the peace in your area. There will be life after elections. We can hold different political views, and still live together as communities, and as a country. We are all Ugandans, and elections should never be grounds to divide us.”

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