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Nomination of candidates for 2021 local government councils' elections starts next week untill October 1, the Electoral Commission (EC) said Wednesday, September 16,2020.
Justice Simon Byabakama, the chairperson, said the nomination will take place on weekdays beginning at 9:00am and ending at 5:00pm.
He said on September 21 they will begin with chairpersons of district/city (LC5), municipality/city division at the district headquarters and those of subcounty/town or municipal divisions at county headquarters.
Byabakama said those who want to be councillors for district/city, municipality/city division and subcounty/town/municipal division will all be nominated on October 1.
"The nomination will be followed by a campaign period leading to the polling days for the various elective positions from January 10 to February 8, 2021," he said.
Byabakama said the EC will abide by the constitutional provision and nominate candidates in fulfilment of the requirement of women representation being of one-third.
The EC boss also said aspiring candidates should note that while the Constitutional Amendment Act of 2017 removed the lower and upper age cap for the candidates for President and district/city chairperson, it did not extend the same to municipality, city division, sub-county, town and municipal division chairperson.
"Municipality, city division, subcounty, town and municipal division chairperson aspirants must be not less than 35 years and not more than 75 years of age," he said.
Byamukama said for one to contest for the district chairperson seat, they must be 18 years and above and must have a minimum academic standard of A'level or its equivalent.
He said they must also obtain 50 registered voters as their supporters from each of at least two-thirds of electoral areas in the district.
"They are required to pay a nomination fee of sh200,000," he said. For those to be nominated for municipality chairpersons, Byabakama said they should get 20 registered voters from each electoral area and pay a nomination fee of sh100,000.
He said they don't require any academic qualifications. He said the same applies to city division chairpersons.
"However, they should have 20 registered voters from each area and a nomination fee of sh50,000," he said.
For one to be nominated for district or city division councillor, they must be 18 years and above and should obtain at least five registered voters from each electoral area and pay a fee of sh50,000.
However, they don't need any academic qualifications. This also applies to aspiring candidates for municipal division and sub-county councillorships.
He said aspirants for the position of councillor representing workers to local government councils should note that the Local Government Amendment Act does not require them to resign from public office before nomination.
Byabakama promised to talk about the nominations for MPs and set between October 12 and October 13 as dates for the exercise.
Byabakama said nomination of candidates for the presidential elections will take place from November 2 to 3.
"The nominations shall be done at Kololo Independence Grounds in Kampala beginning at 10:00am and ending at 4:00pm," he said.
The EC boss said due to the sizeable number of signatures (100 from not less than 110 districts of Uganda) required for nomination as a presidential candidate, they advise the aspirants to submit the lists of supporters to the EC for verification at least two weeks before the nomination dates, that is, at least by October 16.
"Further, the commission advises aspiring candidates to book time in advance on any of the gazette dates to ensure a smooth nomination exercise," he said.
New Vision has learnt that the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) has already booked November 2 as the day their candidate Yoweri Museveni, the incumbent President, will be presented by the secretary general for nomination at 10:00am.
Byabakama said they had just concluded a nationwide exercise of demarcating 353 parliamentary constituencies.
He said the list of the constituencies had been uploaded on the EC website and gazetted.
The demarcation was brought about by Parliament's creation of new counties, cities and the Government's creation of new town councils and sub-counties recently after EC had rolled out the revised 2021 election roadmap.