The Alliance for National
Transformations - ANT has called for more civic education to be be carried out by the Electoral Commission ahead of the 2021 election.
The party says they noticed
lots of gaps while collecting signatures for their presidential candidate Gen. Mugisha
Addressing the press at the Party headquarters
in Kampala today, the party's Electoral Commission
boss Dan Mugarura says that they were forced to go back and collect
other signatures after the Electoral Commission - EC rejected some of
their signatures after some people signed for their candidate and other
candidates at the same time.
Mugarura also says that some voters
from newly formed districts are still confused about boundaries and hence
associate with former districts or constituents other than new ones where they
He further adds that due to commercialization of political processes, some voters were asking for bribes
before appending their signatures while some feared that if they sign, they shall be committing crime and would
be targeted by security agencies.
Mugarura attributed the challenges
to insufficient civic education which he says should be conducted by the Electoral
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According to the party spokesperson
Wilberforce Sseryanzi, the party submitted signatures from 130 districts and by
Tuesday this week, signatures from 101 districts had been cleared.
A candidate is required to collect at
least 100 signatures from at least two thirds of the districts in the
country. He said they await nominations of their candidate on November
2nd after he was cleared by EC and issued with a certificate.
Andrew Katabarwa, the Party Coordinator
from Ankole who participated in the collection of signatures also says he noticed a gap in
civic education. For instance, voters signing for more candidates and others
providing National ID number instead of NIN number was a case of ignorance that
Katabarwa says should be addressed through civic education.
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Malcom James Ssewanyana who is
contesting for Makindye Mayor seat on the ANT ticket says that the clearance of
their candidate is a great step in this contest and that now, they are headed
for seeking Mugisha Muntu's election. He says that as he campaigns in his
constituency, he shall campaign for his president such that they get the win.
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Having completed nominations for
Members of Parliament, the Electoral Commission shall conduct the nomination
exercise for Presidential aspirants on 2nd and 3rd October 2020.
candidates are restricted to
come with 9 people at the nomination venue at Kyambogo University.
from different political parties and the commission are meeting today to
agree on the number of people who can be part of their procession as
head for nomination.