The Electoral Commission says it is now ready to issue nomination forms for aspirants wishing to participate in the 2016 presidential elections.
The Commissions Acting Chairperson, Joseph Biribonwa, told URN the aspirants will be issued with nomination forms from next Monday 17th August.
Biribonwa hopes that aspirants can use the period between mid-August and September to collect nomination signature ahead of 5th and 6th October 2015 nomination days for Presidential candidates.
According to the Presidential Elections Act, each presidential aspirant required to collect one hundred signatures from registered voters from two thirds of all the districts across the Country.
Each of the aspirants seeking for the nomination forms will be required to pay eight million shillings non-refundable nomination fees as required by the Presidential Elections Act.
The aspirants, according to Biribonwa, are required to return the duly filled nomination forms by 21st September 2015.
Meanwhile, symbols approved by the electoral commission for use by independent candidates in parliamentary and local government council elections, 2016 include; a bicycle, pot, clock, chair, saucepan, table, cup, radio, kettle and ball.
Mbabazi prepares for consultations
We are reliably informed that former Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi, is currently making preparations to embark on consultative meetings countrywide.
Back in July, Mbabazi was arrested by then Police operations chief, Felix Kaweesi, while travelling to Mbale to hold consultations for his presidential bid.
When he made to resume his consultations in the same month, his brother, Enock Bahemerwabusha Bagwowabo who passed away, making him postpone the meetings.
The director media and communications in Mbabazi’s camp, Josephine Mayanja-Nkangi, tells us they are now preparing to start consultations afresh.
She promised to release a full programme when it is ready.
Mbabazi who earlier on released a country wide programme which he copied to the Electoral Commission (EC), says he will continue with the consultations nomatter the magnitude of intimidation and interruptions by police.
NRM to discipline him
Meanwhile, the head of NRM legal team and Minister for Local Government, Adolf Mwesige, says they are considering summoning Mbabazi to the party’s disciplinary committee for breaching its code of conduct.
Mwesige told New Vision, they were considering disciplinary action against Mbabazi, the former NRM secretary general.
“We had to give mediation first priority, but failed. He is historical, but also a registered member of NRM. Our quarrel with him (Mbabazi) is not constitutional, but there are other issues he has to answer.”
According to Mwesige, Mbabazi’s wife Jacqueline, who is also the chairperson of the party’s women’s league, Hope Mwesigye, the former Agriculture minister and Prof Gilbert Bukenya the former vice-president, have cases to answer.
Hope is accused of attending the Democratic Alliance meeting yet she is the NRM chairperson for Kabale.
The group save for Mbabazi, also refused to meet a sub-committee of the central executive committee worsening the standoff.