The National Unity Platform party has hurriedly collected the required number of signatures in just a space of two days after the Wednesday raid on the headquarters.
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On Wednesday, the police seized over 7 million signatures from the NUP headquarters prompting the party leaders to coordinate more signatures on short notice as the Saturday deadline loomed.
Kyagulanyi has this morning affirmed that the party has successfully collected 33,000 signatures in only these two days from Thursday to Friday and hit the required deadline.
Kyagulanyi, thanked the people for being cooperative and playing their pivotal role in the quest to bring about the much desired change.
“THANK YOU to all citizens who signed forms to endorse my candidature! For two months we had been collecting millions of signatures until Wednesday this week when the military and police raided us and stole them!,” Kyagulanyi wrote on Sunday.
He also adds that they had lodged a request to the Byabakama EC to add the NUP party extra time to raise the signatures but this was not granted. “Since the deadline for submission was Saturday 17th October, we did not want to give them any chance to play their usual games with us. We wrote asking for an extension of time, but also worked hard for two days to get fresh signatures. We activated our structures countrywide and collected a fresh batch of signatures. Thankfully, there were a few districts whose signatures were still in the field by the time of the raid,” Kyagulanyi adds in his Sunday note.
He adds that the work was complete even within that short period the EC had put in place. “Yesterday, a team from our secretariat was able to submit 33,000 signatures from 109 districts of Uganda. The number of signatures required for nomination is 9,800 (100 signatures from 98 districts), so we surpassed the required number by far!,” Kyagulanyi reveals.
Since he made his presidential announcement last year, the Kyadondo East legislator has faced a repressive backlash from the NRM government which perceives him to be their greatest obstacle to the life presidency of the 76 year old, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni who has been in power since 1986.