By Sarah Mazirwe – Kampala, Uganda, Monday October 5, 2020.
Uganda’s electoral commission (EC), the country’s electoral body governing elections on Friday, October 2, 2020 received nomination signatures where five million Ugandans endorsed incumbent, President Yoweri Museveni as per EC requirement to participate in presidential polls.
As a requirement, aspiring presidential candidates must collect at least 100 signatures per district from two thirds of the country’s districts and cities.
Out of 142 districts, Museveni managed to get 5 million signatures endorsing him to seek his sixth term as Uganda’s President.
The total number of registered voters for the 2020/2021 General Elections according to EC statistics is about 17 million (17,658,527).
The number of male voters is 8,439,564 (47.79%) while the number of female voters is 9,218,963 (52.21%), National Telegraph can confirm.
“These signatures were collected from all the districts of Uganda as per our schedule. We have brought signatures from 142 administrative units and districts because in our party, we treat Kampala divisions as districts. We have over 5 million signatures endorsing our candidate, Yoweri Museveni for nomination. It’s now up to EC to verify,” the NRM deputy Secretary General, Richard Todwong told journalists.
Museveni’s ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party booked November 2, 2020 to nominate Museveni as a presidential candidate for the 2021 elections.
Other hopeful presidential contenders are Hon Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu aka Bobi Wine of National Unity Platform, Museveni’s fell-out Bush war comrades Gen Mugisha Muntu of Alliance for National Transformation and Gen Henry Tumukunde, Charles Rwomushana, a former operative in Internal security Organization, Norbert Mao of Uganda’s Oldest political party, Democratic Party (DP).
Museveni who’s 76 years of age came to power through a military coup in January 1986 out casting the then popular president Milton Obote.