EC sets dates for Presidential, and Local Government nominations

The electoral commission has appointed 21st September to 1st October 2020 as the dates for the nomination of candidates for Local government councils elections 2021 …Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd November 2020 as the dates for nominations of candidates for Presidential elections.

EC sets dates for Presidential, and Local Government nominations
EC Chairman Justice Simon Byabakama during a press briefing

 As part of the implementation of the general elections road map 2020/21, The Electoral Commission (EC) has appointed Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd November 2020 as the dates for nominations of candidates for Presidential elections 2021. The commission also set 21st September to 1st October 2020 for Local Government nominations.

During a press briefing at the Electoral Commission headquarters on 17th November 2020, The EC Chairman Justice Simon Mugenyi Byabakama urged all aspiring persons for the contests in the general elections to familiarize with the requirements for the nominations of each position. He added that all aspiring candidates can collect nominations forms from district electoral offices or from the website.

Byamukama said that nominations will be followed by a campaign period leading to the polling days in the period from 10th January to 8th February 2020.

“The electoral commission has appointed 21st September to 1st October 2020 as the dates for the nomination of candidates for Local government councils elections 2021 …Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd November 2020 as the dates for nominations of candidates for Presidential elections. All candidates aspiring to contest in the elections are urged to familiarize themselves with the requirements for nominations for each position” he said

Following the creation of new consistencies, districts, counties, town councils, the elections has completed the demarcation exercise for parliamentary constituencies aimed at defining areas of representation to parliament, however the Chairman EC said that most of the persons intending to contest in the newly created electoral areas did not comply with the commissions timelines including resignation from public offices and establishment of academic papers with commission urging them to provide proof of resignation and academic papers.
“….for the newly election areas, aspiring candidates will now provide proof of resignation from public offices before the respective nomination date. Candidates will be required to establish their qualifications with commission” he said 
The commission for purposes of transparency called for expression of interest for organizations and individuals both local and International who wish to observe the elections to apply to participate in the electoral processes.