Ugandan Electoral Commission sets date for presidential nominations

18:25, July 01, 2010      

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The Ugandan Electoral Commission (EC) has set October 25 and 26 as official nomination dates for the candidates intending to run for presidency in the general elections scheduled for early next year, local media reported on Thursday.

According to the EC revised roadmap to the 2010-2011 general elections, nominations for parliamentary will take place on November 25 and 26, said the Daily Monitor.

The local council's elections at district and municipal council will be held on November 4 and 5.

Stephen Ongaria, the acting EC chairperson said that the presidential and parliamentary elections will take place between February 12 and March 1.

"All presidential candidates will be nominated by the Commission on the above dates," said Ongaria.

"We have already come up with a date for presidential elections but we are still finalizing with some activities; these activities will not change the period I have stated," he said.

The EC recently concluded countrywide voter update exercise where a provisional number of 4,718,829 were captured in addition to the 10.5 million voters registered for the last elections in 2006.

Uganda has a total population of about 30 million people of which 56 percent are below the voting age of 18 years.

The EC has also completed the installation of equipment and software to weed out double or multiple registrations from the system.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, who is the chairman of the ruling National Resistance Movement, has already been endorsed by two top party organs while the party national delegates conference is slated to endorse his candidature in September.



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