Uganda to Hold Presidential Elections by March, Commission Says

Uganda will hold presidential and parliamentary elections on a date between February 12 and March 12 next year, Electoral Commission spokesman Jotham Taremwa said.

Nominations for presidential candidates should be presented to the commission between October 5 to October 6, while parliamentary contenders should register from November 9 to November 10, Taremwa said by phone from the capital, Kampala. The exact date for the two polls will be determined at a later date, he said.

President Yoweri Museveni, who has ruled Africa’s biggest coffee exporter for three decades, hasn’t yet said whether he will seek another term. He came to power in a coup in 1986 and won elections in 1996, 2001, 2006 and 2011. The last vote was criticized by international observers and rejected by opposition parties who said it was marred by voter intimidation and fraud.

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