The Electoral Commission has today started the verification of supporters for the nomination of candidates for the 2021 Presidential Elections.
As of September 25, at least 82 aspirants had collected nomination forms and supporter forms to run for the presidency, with some coming from political parties like Alliance for National Transformation (ANT), Ecological Party Uganda (EPU), National Resistance Movement (NRM), National Unity Platform (NUP) and Revolutionary People’s Party (RPP).
Nine females have shown interest in the race and they include Amaro Faith, Amolo Pamela, Kabarungi Grace Juliana, Kalembe Nancy Linda, Kataha Janet Komugisha, Katushemererwe Brenda, Kyalya Maureen, Lugudde Katwe Elizabeth and Mirembe Phiona.
Section 10(b) of the Presidential Elections Act provides that a Presidential candidate’s nomination shall be supported by not less than one hundred (100) persons who are registered voters, from not less than ninety-eight (98) districts, which form two thirds (2/3) of all the districts of Uganda.
Due to the sizeable number of signatures required for nomination as a Presidential candidate, aspiring candidates have been advised to submit the lists of supporters to the Commission for verification at least two weeks before the nomination dates, that is, at least by October 16.
The aspirants also need more than 100 signatures from each district/city, to cater for shortfalls. Once a candidate has verified supporters from at least 98 districts/cities, they will get a certificate which they will present to the Returning Officer on nomination day.
Nominations will run on Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd November 2020.