EC Reject Rakai LC V Nomination Papers Again

The Nomination of Vincent Ssemakula, incumbent Rakai district LC5 chairman and his rival Samuel Ssekamwa has for the second time hit a snag.

Electoral Commission has again rejected the nomination papers of Ssemakula and his rival Ssekamwa because of lack of sufficient signatures.

Jackie Mbura, the Rakai district Returning officer says that both candidates have failed to collect the required signatures. Under the electoral commission guidelines, LC5 candidates are supposed to present at least 50 signatures from every sub county.

Mbura explains that Ssemakula has only presented signatures from 15 of the 22 electoral areas. According to Mbura, Ssemakula has failed to present signatures from three sub counties of Kasasa, Kibanda and Kyarurangira.

Mbura says Ssemakula cannot be nominated until he presents the required signatures from these sub counties as a required by law. He says that Samuel Ssekamwa only submitted a handful of signatures and therefore can not be nominated.

She says that she has ordered Ssekamwa to go and collect more signatures before he can be nominated. Vincent Ssemakula, NRM candidate has declined to comment on the matter.

Ssemakula told our reporter that he was busy with the nomination requirements. But Ssekamwa says that there could be a plot to kick him out of the LC V contest.

According to Ssekamwa he presented all the required signatures by Friday last week but was shocked when his nomination papers were rejected.

By press time, only Benon Mugabi, Kamuswaga Speaker had been fully nominated for Rakai district LC5 chair. Mugabi is an independent candidate. The nomination exercise for LC5 is expected to end on Tuesday next week.