The Electoral Commission Uganda has ordered the 10 presidential aspirants who have so far been cleared to carry out a COVID19 test 72 hours before the nominations set next week.
While addressing the media after the meeting at the electoral body headquarters with the aspirants, the commission’s chair Justice Simon Byabakama said the nine (9) other people that are expected to accompany them for the nomination must also be tested for covid-19.
The Electoral Commission spokesperson, Paul Bukenya said the meeting was organized to give the aspirants guidelines ahead of next week’s nomination for better preparation.
“We have given them a checklist of the requirements we expect from them on the nomination day and as well emphasize a limited number of people to escort the aspirants as well as listening to their queries.” he said.
“It is meant to ensure a smooth nomination exercise for both sides. For those whose signatures are not yet verified, we shall send them the same checklist.” Bukenya added.
The aspirants who await nomination include the incumbent President Yoweri Museveni of National Resistance Movement who was represented by the NRM Secretary General, Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine of National Unity Platform who was represented by Lewis Lubongoya, Eng. Patrick Amuriat of Forum for Democratic Change, Maj Gen (rdt) Mugisha Muntu of the Alliance for National Transformation and former security minister Lt Gen. (rtd) Henry Tumukunde (independent).
Others are independents Pastor Fred Mwesigye, Nancy Linda Kalembe, Joseph Kabuleta, John Katumba, and Willy Mayambala.