Adm72/01: Press Statement from the Electoral Commission of Uganda – Progress of Electoral Programmes for Presidential, Parliamentary and Local Government Councils Elections (25.11.2015)
Our esteemed partners, members of the press, it is my privilege and pleasure to welcome you to this press briefing.
Today, the Electoral Commission would like to update the country on the commencement of the campaign period for Local Government Councils Elections, preparations for nomination of Candidates for Parliamentary Elections, as well as other activities related to the Roadmap for the 2015-2016 General Elections.
- Conclusion of Nomination for Local Government Councils Elections and Commencement of Campaign Period
The Electoral Commission concluded the nomination of candidates for the following elective positions at Local Government Councils countrywide:
- Candidates for District/City Chairpersons, District/City Directly-elected Councilors; District/City Councilors representing Women, the Youth, Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) and Older Persons;
- Candidates for Municipality/City Division Chairpersons, Directly-elected Councilors, Councilors representing Women, Youth, Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) and Older Persons; and,
- Candidates for Municipal Division, Town Council and Sub County Chairpersons, Directly-elected Councilors; Councilors representing Women, the Youth, Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) and Older Persons.
Campaigns for the above elections commenced after the harmonization of the candidates’ programmes, for each respective category yesterday, Tuesday November 24, 2015, and will stop forty eight hours before polling day for each category.
The Electoral Commission urges all candidates, their agents, supporters, and members of the general public to adhere to set rules and regulations guiding the campaign period, and to particularly ensure that campaigns are held in accordance with the harmonised campaign programme.
Candidates and/or their agents must not use or publish any foul language or defamatory words, which incite public disorder, hatred, violence or which threatens war.
Meanwhile, the Electoral Commission has appointed the following polling dates for the above electoral positions as follows:
|No.||Elective Position||Polling Date|
|1.||Chairpersons, Directly Elected Councilors and Women Councilors for District (LC V);||24th February 2016|
|2.||Lord Mayor, Directly Elected Councilors and Women Councilors for Kampala Capital City Authority*||24th February 2016|
|3.||Councilors for PWDs, Older Persons and Youth to District Councils and Kampala Capital City Authority;||26th February 2016|
|4.||Chairpersons, Directly Elected Councilors and Women Councilors for Municipality and Kampala Capital City Divisions;||2nd March 2016|
|5.||PWDs, Older Persons and Youth Councilors to Municipalities and Kampala Capital City Divisions;||4th March 2016|
|6.||Chairpersons, Directly Elected Councilors and Women Councilors for Municipal Division, Sub County and Town Councils;||9th March 2016|
|7.||PWDs, Older Persons and Youth Councilors to Municipal Division, Sub County and Town Councils;||10th March 2016|
* The nominations for Councilors representing Professional Bodies at KCCA have not yet taken place because the Commission is still waiting for the list of members of respective electoral colleges, namely:
- Uganda Institution of Professional Engineers;
- Uganda Society of Architects;
- Uganda Medical Association; and,
- Uganda Law Society
- Nomination of Candidates for Parliamentary Elections 2016
The nomination of candidates for Parliamentary Elections will be conducted on 2nd – 3rd December 2015.
Aspiring candidates for the following elective positions at Parliamentary level are advised to collect the nomination forms and guidelines from the Office of the Returning Officer in their respective district across the country;
- Directly Elected Member of Parliament (representing constituency);
- District Woman Member of Parliament;
- Member of Parliament for Persons with Disability (PWD).
The nomination of candidates for Directly Elected Member of Parliament (representing constituency) and District Woman Member of Parliament, shall take place at the respective EC District offices across the whole Country beginning at 9.00 a.m. and ending at 5:00pm on each of the appointed dates.
Please note that the nomination of Members of Parliament representing Persons with Disability (PWDs) will be held at the Electoral Commission headquarters during the above period.
The National Conference for elections of Members of Parliament representing Persons with Disability (PWDs) will be held from 21st to 22nd February 2016, at a venue to be communicated by the Commission in due course.
The Electoral Commission calls upon the Uganda Police Force to ensure law and order during this period.
Please note that the Electoral Commission will not organize nomination for representatives of the following Special Interest Groups to Parliament, during the above period until Parliament of Uganda addresses the concerns raised by the Constitutional Court.
The affected Special Interest Groups include;
- Member of Parliament for Workers;
- Member of Parliament for Youths; and,
- Member of Parliament for Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF);
- Requirements for Nomination of Member of Parliament
An aspiring candidate for Member of Parliament shall be a citizen of Uganda, a registered voter;
- The nomination shall be made by two (2) registered voters from the constituency, who shall appear in person before the Returning Officer, and present a nomination paper filled in duplicate indicating the following:
- The names, age, address, and occupation of the aspiring candidate;
- Names and address of a person appointed as the official agent;
- A list of names and signatures of a minimum of ten (10) persons, who must be registered voters in the constituency where the candidate seeking nomination supporting his/her nomination; each of the persons so signing shall state his/her village, occupation and Voter Number or National ID Number or Application ID Number;
- Aspiring candidates shall also be required to present the following:
- A receipt being proof of payment of non-refundable nomination fee of Shs. 3,000,000/- (three million shillings) only. Please note the nomination fee can be paid in any commercial bank which collects Non Tax Revenue, in accordance with the issued guidelines;
- Three (3) postcards size copies of a recent straight face, color photograph with a light background;
- Certified copies of educational qualifications showing the aspirant attained a minimum formal education of Advanced (A) Level or its equivalent;
- Certified copies (if qualifications were attained from outside Uganda) from the National Council of Higher Education (NCHE);
- Proof of resignation, in the case of public officers;
Please note that a candidate who uses a convoy for purposes of nomination shall have a maximum of two vehicles bearing police stickers and each shall carry a maximum of ten persons.
- Update on the Presidential Campaign Meetings
The Electoral Commission would like to commend the Presidential candidates for the smooth start to the campaigns, and especially compliance with the harmonised campaign programme. We urge the candidates to continue in this direction, so that together, we achieve a peaceful campaign and elections.
However, the Commission has also noted with concern, the consistent calls by Candidate Kizza Besigye, one of the Presidential candidates, for defiance as a campaign strategy. This kind of campaign is likely to have serious impact on the conduct of peaceful campaigns and elections.
The Commission condemns this kind of conduct and hereby warns the Presidential Candidate, his agents and supporters, to desist from taking this path, but instead conduct the campaign in accordance with the law.
The Electoral Commission has also noted several reports of malicious acts of defacement and/or removal of candidates’ posters.
The Commission warns the general public, candidates, their agents and supporters, that a person who malicious defaces or removes or tears any election poster of any nominated candidate commits an offence and is liable on conviction to imprisonment.
- Misrepresentation of the Electoral Commission
The Electoral Commission has further noted that several stakeholders, especially the media, have continued to call this institution either the National Independent Electoral Commission, or the Independent Electoral Commission. I would like to clarify that the name Electoral Commission has never been changed
We, therefore, caution the public, and our stakeholders to stop using unauthorized name and logo when referring to the Electoral Commission.
Similarly, the Commission took note of the article published in The Sunday Monitor (November 15th 2015) where the Chairperson Electoral Commission is said to have stated that the Electoral Commission will announce the right winner, because the Electoral Commission of 2016 is different from the Electoral Commission of 2006. This has created an impression that the Commission did not announce the right winner in 2006, which is very wrong.
I wish to state that the statement attributed to me was not correct. The Commission has always announced the winning candidate at each elective level; this has always been the case in all elections we have organized, and it will be the case in 2016.
- Message on Papal Visit to Uganda
Finaly, the Electoral Commission joins with all Ugandans to welcome His Holiness Pope Francis to Uganda. We congratulate the people of Uganda on this unique opportunity to host the Pontiff a third time.
This should serve as a reminder to all Ugandans of the special position our country holds in the world.
The visit takes place at a time when political campaigns are taking place by candidates contesting for various elective positions. Let us use the visit to promote the virtues of unity and peaceful co-existence.
Thank you for listening to me,
For God and my Country,
Eng. Dr. Badru M. Kiggundu
Chairperson, Electoral Commission