The Electoral Commission on Sunday announced that it had verified and cleared supporters of four aspiring candidates for the 2021 presidential elections.
The aspirants that have been cleared are Yoweri Kaguta Museveni from the ruling NRM, and Fred Mwesigye, Henry Tumukunde Kakurugu, and Nancy Kalembe Linda, who are running as independents.
“The verification of supporters of 18 others aspiring candidates who have submitted their lists is still ongoing,” the commission said.
According to Justice Simon Byabakama Mugenyi, the chairperson of EC, presidential candidates will be nominated on Monday, November 2, and Tuesday, Nov. 3.
The nomination exercise will be conducted at Kyambogo University Sports Grounds, starting at 9am and ending at 5pm on each of the appointed dates.
In a Sunday media briefing, the minister of ICT and National Guidance Judith Nabakooba warned candidates against breaking the law during campaigns.
“Political campaigns should not be a time for candidates to use abusive language against each other. Candidates are warned against defaming others, telling falsehoods against each other, inciting public disorder, inciting hatred or violence,” she said.
“I therefore call upon all candidates to conduct their campaigns in a manner that respects our diversity in culture and political differences. My prayer is that these political campaigns will be able to bring us closer together as a country as opposed to separating us.”
The Ministry of Kampala Capital City and Metropolitan Affairs this past week told candidates in the 2021 general elections to stop displaying campaign posters in the city without permission from the Authority or else they'll be subjected to the weight of the law.
As per Section 97 (4) of the National Environment Management act, 2019, a person who places, deposits or allows any waste to be deposited on his or her premises or on private property, public street among other areas is "liable, on conviction, to a fine not exceeding Shs11 million".
The Physical Planning Act 2010 and the National Physical Planning Standards and Guidelines 2011 requires one to seek permission from the relevant authority to place or display any advert or undertake any development including erection of billboards.
A person who contravenes this law, on conviction, is liable to a fine to exceeding Shs960,0000 or imprisonment not exceeding two years or both.
For local government and parliament, elections will commence on January 1, 2021, beginning with the election of councillors for Older Persons to the sub-county/town/municipal/division and end on Feb. 3 with the election of sub-county/town/municipal/division chairpersons and councillors.
Campaigns will begin on Nov.9 with directly elected MPs and end with sub-county/town/municipal chairpersons and councillors on February 1, 2021.
They will be conducted between 7am and 6pm.