Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, has registered his intention to contest in the upcoming elections. Museveni has been in power since 1986, and became president of Uganda at the age of 42. The upcoming elections are scheduled to be conducted in February 2021.
When Museveni assumed the presidential office in 1986 he ruled for the first ten years without holding presidential elections. Afterward Ugandans later went to the polls in June 1996 after the passing of a new Constitution in October 1995 which dictated that, the elected president will have a ten-year term limit.
The intention to run for election was confirmed by the National Resistance Movement (NRM) electoral commission chairman, Tanga Odoi.
“Mr Museveni sent his lawyers who picked the nomination forms for the positions of party flag bearer and chairman… he paid Ush10 million for each of the two positions,” said Odoi.
The National Electoral Commission has set November 3 and 4 this year as nomination dates for presidential candidates.
In December 2017 the Ugandan constitution was amended, in particular to remove the 35 years and 75 years lower and upper age limit for presidential candidates.
Rising opposition presidential candidate, Robert Sentamu Kyagulanyi, popular known as Bobi Wine, is said to be also contesting in the upcoming elections. Bobi Wine leads the People Power Movement and has been Member of Parliament for Kyandondo East Constituency since a by-election in 2017.
Some of the people who have registered intentions to run for the office of the president includes Museveni’s main challenger for the past four elections, Col Dr Kizza Besigye, who leads the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) political party.
The latest number of citizens who have registered concerns to contest in the upcoming February 2021 elections have reached 45, as according to the Electoral Commission.
Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Justice Simon Byabakama Mugenyi in June 2020 prohibited mass gathering campaigns and all the presidential candidates who are going to be nominated will be obliged to use virtual spaces for campaigns.
“Mass rallies will not be allowed but campaigns will be conducted mainly through media. The commission will issue specific guidelines for each electoral activity under this revised roadmap in due course and will engage with various stakeholders on the same,” said the chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Justice Simon Byabakama Mugenyi
Liberty Pazvakawambwa SADC News Correspondent