By Norman Isaac Mwambazi
The Electoral Commission (EC) last week postponed the nomination of members of parliament for the forthcoming 2021 general elections to allow the aspirants prepare themselves and to enable the Commission prepare adequately to receive them.
This morning of Monday October 12, 2020, the Acting EC Spokesperson Paul Bukenya announced that the nominations will be carried out this week from Thursday to Friday across the country.
“The nomination of candidates for Parliamentary Elections 2021 will be conducted on Thursday 15th and Friday 16th October 2020 at the respective District/City Headquarters across the country, starting at 9:00Am, till 5:00Pm on each day,” Paul Bukenya tweeted.
The nominations follow successful completion of party primaries and selections for representatives of different constituencies around the country.
Requirements For MP Candidates
According to Article 80(1) (c) of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda, all interested candidates should possess the Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) or its equivalent as the minimum formal education requirement.
In March this year, Parliament passed the Parliamentary Elections (Amendment) Bill, 2020, which maintained that the nomination fees for candidates should stay at Shs3 million.
A suggestion to have this fee reduced to Shs200,000 by Budadiri West MP Nandala Mafabi was rejected by the house.
Aspiring candidates are required to declare their source of funding for the campaigns to the EC within 14 days after nomination.
Uganda has one of the biggest parliaments in Africa with more than 440 MPs.