After two days of the nomination of candidates, the Uganda electoral commission has set aside 14 January 2021 as the day for Presidential elections.
“Our appeal is to all candidates to work within health and electoral commission(EC) guidelines in order for the country not to slide into covid-19 trouble,” said the EC chairman Justice Simon Byabakama.
Uganda’s general elections will be a contest between 11 candidates including the incumbent Yoweri Museveni of the national resistance movement(NRM) and the lead opposition figure Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine of the national unity platform(NUP) party.
Ahead of what he called a revolutionary election Bobi Wine “wants a level ground especially from security forces whom he promised a minimum one million shillings($280) salary if he wins the Presidency”.
On his part, the incumbent warns the public to desist from trouble lest “regret the consequences”.
The election isn’t however about Museveni and Bobi Wine but nine others.
Norbert Mao for Democratic party, Mugisha Muntu(A.N.T), Patrick Oboi Amuriat (FDC) and independent candidates Nancy Kalembe, John Katumba, Henry Tumukunde, Willy Kyambadde, Joseph Kabuleta, and Fred Mwesigye complete the list in what is a battle of three Generals, an artiste, two Pastors, a former television news anchor and a little unknown.
Campaigns for the candidates start 9 November with candidates expected to traverse the 146 districts in about 60 days.
Uganda’s election is decided by a simple majority-‘winner-takes-it-all’.