According to the petitioner, Nakalyango lied to EC during the nomination exercise claiming that she was born in 1998 and is 22 years but her National ID clearly shows that she is 34 years. Nakalyango told URN that she erred while registering for the National ID.
Electoral Commission has postponed the election of Luwero
District Youth Committee members following a petition challenging the age of
one of the candidates. The Commission was scheduled to conduct the elections of
District and City Youth Committees across the country today.
In Luweero, youth leaders from the sub-county, town council,
Persons with Disabilities committees and two students nominated by Uganda
National Students Association convened at Luwero district headquarters to elect
the District Youths Committee. According to Electoral Commission guidelines,
only those between 18-30 years of age are eligible to contest in the Youths
However, the Luwero District Returning Officer, Nathan
Nabaasa turned away the youth leaders, saying the Commission had postponed the
polls following petitions challenging the age of one of the candidates. Nabaasa
explained that after receiving the petitions, he forwarded them to their legal
department at Electoral Commission headquarters in Kampala city for advice.
He said the affected candidate was summoned to the Electoral
Commission headquarters on Monday morning to defend their age, which prompted
him to stop the elections pending the disposal of the petition, adding that a new date of the elections will be communicated.
However, URN has since learnt Hassan Amiina, the representative
of Bombo Town council youths committee petitioned EC seeking the nullification
of the nomination of Fatumah Nakalyango for the seat of Female Affairs Secretary. Amiina
alleges that Nakalyango doesn’t qualify to contest in youth’s elections since
she is 34 years old, which is above the requisite age.
According to the
petitioner, Nakalyango lied to EC during the nomination exercise claiming that
she was born in 1998 and is 22 years but her National ID clearly shows that she
is 34 years. Nakalyango told URN that she erred while registering for the
National ID. She explains that prior to her nomination; she swore an affidavit
and petitioned the National Identity and Registration Authority to revise her
age to 22 years.
says that she submitted all the necessary documents to EC supporting her
position and wants it to dismiss the petition. National
Resistance Movement-NRM party officials were forced to close their offices for hours
after reports emerged that a group of youths were planning to storm it in
protest in case EC decides to proceed with the elections before disposing of
This is the
the second time the elections are being postponed. Initially, EC had scheduled to
conduct the elections on October 16th, 2020 across the country.
However, the exercise was postponed to October 19th, 2020. A statement
issued by the EC Chairperson Justice Simon Byabakama, on October 13th,
2020, indicates that the polls were postponed to enable the smooth conduct of
nomination parliamentary candidates that was done on September 15th and
16th at the respective District/City Headquarters.