NUP/People Power media boss Joel Ssenyonyi addressing press recently in Kampala (PHOTO/File).KAMPALA – National Unity Platform president Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu alias Bobi Wine has said they have managed to collect 33,000 signatures that are needed by the Electoral Commission for his presidential nomination.
NUP last Wednesday said their signatures were stolen when a joint military and police operation raided the party headquarters and confiscated among other campaign material red berets.
On Sunday, Kyagulanyi announced that he has managed to collect 33,000 signatures in two days in order to beat the Electoral Commission deadline and that NUP has fully submitted them.
“THANK YOU all Ugandans who responded to our call for fresh signatures after the military & police raided our office & took the millions of signatures we had collected for 2 months. Yesterday, we submitted 33,000 signatures from 109 districts most of which were collected in 2 days,” Kyagulanyi announced.
“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.
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,” he added.
According to the Presidential Elections Act 2005, a candidate requires at least 9800 signatures from 98 districts in order to compete for Presidency.