The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), has today presented the required signatures for the nomination of their Presidential aspirant in preparation for the much-awaited 2021 elections.
The process of nomination is due November 3, 2020. As per the Presidential Elections Act, aspirants are tasked and required to collect at least 100 signatures from two-thirds of the total number of districts in the country.
According to the Presidential Elections Act, a person qualifies to contest as a candidate if he/she is 18 years and above, his/her nomination is supported by 100 registered voters from two thirds of all districts of Uganda (98 districts) and has paid UGX20million, among others. “They are supposed to submit those signatures at least two weeks before nomination, to enable the Commission to verify them,” said Paul Bukenya, the Electoral Commission’s acting spokesperson.
Top party officials including the current party President, Patrick Amuriat, City Lord Mayor, Salongo Erias Lukwago, party spokesperson Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda and Dr. Stella Nyanzi met early today amidst support and proceeded to the party Electoral commission at the party
headquarters in Najjanankumbi to submit the required signatures and also to front him as the sole candidate and flag-bearer, come the 2021 elections.
Amuriat was pronounced party flag-bearer in the 2021 presidential election after Wasswa Birigwa withdrew from the race, just hours before delegates cast their vote. Birigwa stated that he withdrew to bring together all arms of the party towards the goal of attaining the presidency in 2021.
Amuriat and FDC join a host of at least 14 presidential hopefuls who have already handed in their signatures ahead of nomination. These include Yoweri Kaguta Museveni of the National Resistance Movement, Robert Ssentamu Kyagulanyi of the National Unity Platform, and Mugisha Gregory Muntu of Alliance for National Transformation. Parties such as UPC and JEEMA decided not to front a candidate for presidency this time around but promised to render support to whichever candidate best represented their interests.