Uganda: 42 candidates to challenge Museveni

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Uganda’s electoral commission which is currently making final arrangements for the 2011 general and presidential elections in the country, has been overwhelmed by the big number of people aspiring to stand for president.

According to the chairman of the electoral commission, engineer Badru
Kigundu, 43 people have so far picked nomination forms for presidency

“So far 43 people have picked nomination forms. We had budgeted for at least ten but now they are over 40 and who knows, more may pick forms” Kigundu said.

Among the 43 is president Museveni who is going to stand for 4th term. He has been in power since 1986.

Presidential aspirants have been advised to hand in signatures of their supporters before the end of the second week of October in order to process their nomination.

Presidential nominations will be held on the 25th and 26th of October 2010 in Kampala. Only those with requirements will be nominated.

Each aspirant has to pay a non-refundable fee of about 4000 US dollars and also collect at least 100 signatures of eligible Uganda voters from at least 75 districts.

The elections are set to take place during the months of February and March 2011.

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