KAMPALA – The Alliance for National Transformations (ANT) has decried the commercialization of political processes in Uganda, saying that some voters demanded for money to be able to append their signatures approving Gen. Mugisha Muntu’s candidature for the 2021 presidential election.
Addressing journalists at the party headquarters in Kampala on Thursday, ANT’s Electoral Commission chairman Dan Mugarura said during the collection of signatures from districts, they discovered that most voters are used to money while some feared that if they sign, they would be targeted by security agencies.
Mr Mugarura attributed to this practice to lack of civic education by the Electoral Commission (EC) ahead of the 2021 election.
He also revealed that they were forced to go back and collect other signatures after EC rejected some of their signatures after some people signed for their candidate and other candidates at the same time.
According to the party spokesperson Wilberforce Sseryanzi, the party submitted signatures from 130 districts and by Tuesday this week, signatures from 101 districts had been cleared.
A candidate is required to collect at least 100 signatures from at least two thirds of the districts in the country. He said they await nomination of their candidate on November 2nd after he was cleared by EC and issued with a certificate.