The Electoral Commission has this weekend opened up on the nomination dates for aspiring candidates at various elective levels. According to the statement issued over the weekend, the Commission says nominations will kick off within this month starting with Local Council nominations which will kick off from September 21, to October 1, 2020.

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“The nomination of candidates for Local government councils will he conducted from 21st September to 1st October,” stated Paul Bukenya, the acting EC spokesperson.

He further reveals that the nomination dates for the Members of parliament will follow on next month. “The nomination of candidates for parliamentary elections will be conducted on 12 and 13 October.”

Then the very last exercise will be the presidential nominations which will he conducted for just a couple of days in November. “Presidential nominations will be held on 2nd and 3rd November,” he states.

The Commission further appealed to candidates to strictly adhere to the new modifications of the scientific polls which are in line with the Ministry of health standard operating procedures. The public has further been urged to follow the website to check their votability online. Candidates have also been urged to observe time as nominations will only take place on the said dates for only a few hours from 9am to 4pm. When asked if the covid certificate is one of the necessities as Museveni earlier directed, the EC spokesperson dodged the question.

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Candidates however say the scientific elections will be inapplicable since politics is all about interacting with the people. “It is absolutely impossible to do away with people when you are aspiring to serve them. The just concluded NRM primaries have justified this,” remarks Musiri David, an aspirant for Makindye West. “Radio and TV talk shows are also costly for young candidates to afford. We also at times face hardships when police intercepts our activities. I for instance was scooped out of a radio talk show in Makindye just recently,” he adds.

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