EC GIVES DIRECTIVES AS NOMINATIONS START

Security agencies and Electoral Commission (EC) have issued tight rules for presidential nominations today to ensure the aspirants do not hold processions and get exposed to coronavirus.

Security agencies said they will pick presidential aspirants from their homes and escort them to the EC nomination centre at Kyambogo University. 

The EC said aspirants without Covid-19 test certificates will not be allowed at the nomination centre but added that they can be nominated in absentia if their seconders and nominators have certificates showing negative for Covid-19. 

The security agencies are also planning to escort presidential candidates back to their homes immediately after nomination as they did to Opposition parliamentary candidates.

The Minister of ICT and National Guidance, Ms Judith Nabakooba, said all candidates and the few agreed upon nominees will be escorted to the EC nomination centre.

Presidential nomination starts with incumbent Yoweri Museveni, Lt Gen Tumukunde, Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu, Mr John Katumba and Ms Nancy Linda Kalembe today.

The EC said each aspirant will be allowed 10 people, who have tested negative for coronavirus and to accompany them to the nomination centre. 

The EC chairman, Justice Simon Byabakama, said three of the people who were supposed to accompany their aspirants, tested positive for coronavirus. 

The Ministry of Health guidelines indicate that their contacts must be isolated for at least a week and then tested to prove whether they are negative. He did not reveal the names.  

The blocking of many roads and control of traffic to allow smooth travel of aspirants to the nomination centre is expected to trigger congestion in the city, which might make it hard for law enforcement agencies to effectively stop gatherings, which Ms Nabakooba said are likely to lead to the spread of coronavirus. 

The Forum for Democratic Change presidential flag bearer, Mr Patrick Amuriat, who is to be nominated tomorrow, said he will defy EC guidelines. 
He called up all supporters to escort him to Kyambogo. 

The National Unity Platform presidential flag bearer, Mr Robert Kyagulanyi, alias Bobi Wine, is expected tomorrow and many of his supporters say they will escort him to the nomination centre and back. 

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