Ugandan Presidential Candidates to Undergo Covid Tests

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The Uganda Electoral Commission has released guidelines to be followed by Candidates for the Presidential nominations which are going to be held on Monday 2nd November 2020 and Tuesday 3rd November 2020 among which is a compulsory Covid-19 test.

By the end of today, 10 candidates had been approved for the forthcoming exercise by the Electoral body.

All contestants and people accompanying them have to test for Covid-19 within 72 hours before accessing the nomination premises.

Only 9 people will be allowed to escort the contestants to the venue and any extras will not be allowed.

A fee of 20 million Ugandan shillings should be paid by every member who is going to be nominated for the Presidential candidature.

A letter from the Electoral Commission confirming fulfillment of the requirements will be required for verification purposes.

However, the National Unity Platform Executive Secretary and lawyer Lewis Rubongoya raised concern about using the Ministry of Health to test Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine and other opposition candidates for Covid-19 saying that they might decide to give them positive results as a way of elimination.

The Electoral Commission allowed the candidates to test at any approved testing centre as long as it is done within 72 hours before the nomination date.

The Chairman of the Electoral Commission Justice Byamukama assured the candidates that he will talk with the security forces not to arrest them while campaigning so that they all have a levelled ground.



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