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Losers are free to stand, EC says

By Vision Reporter

Added 28th December 2005 03:00 AM

THE Electoral Commission (EC) has said all persons who meet nomination qualifications and are interested in standing for elective positions as independent candidates are free to contest.

THE Electoral Commission (EC) has said all persons who meet nomination qualifications and are interested in standing for elective positions as independent candidates are free to contest.

By Milton Olupot

THE Electoral Commission (EC) has said all persons who meet nomination qualifications and are interested in standing for elective positions as independent candidates are free to contest.

This follows numerous inquiries regarding the nomination process for local government elections.

EC chairman Dr. Badru Kiggundu yesterday said, “The Constitution gives Ugandans who meet nomination requirements the right and the choice to contest for any elective position either as a candidate sponsored by a political party or as an independent candidate.”

He advised all returning officers to uphold the principle in the ongoing nomination for local government elections.

“For the avoidance of doubt, no person should be denied nomination for the simple reason that he or she is not sponsored by a political party or because he or she contested in party primaries and lost.

The NRM party is grappling with some members who were defeated in the primaries for parliament and want to stand as independent candidates in the national elections.

NRM first vice-chairman Hajji Moses Kigongo, after a two-day meeting with the losers and party chairman President Yoweri Museveni, issued a statement saying, “Independent candidature was unequivocally and emphatically ruled out as an option to NRM members in the forthcoming national elections.”

A number of their party members who did not contest in the primaries and the losers, have, however, vowed to contest as independent candidates even without the blessing of the party.

Losers are free to stand, EC says

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