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    Uganda's Electoral Commission Announces Key Dates for 2025-2026 General Elections

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    Uganda's Electoral Commission Announces Key Dates for 2025-2026 General Elections
    • June 11, 2024 • 5 days ago
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    The Electoral Commission of Uganda has announced key dates for the 2025-2026 general elections, with presidential candidate nominations set for October 2-3, 2025, and polling scheduled between January 12 and February 12, 2026. EC Chairperson Justice Simon Byabakama emphasized the importance of this roadmap for improving planning, participation, and transparency in the electoral process.

    The Electoral Commission (EC) of Uganda has officially announced the nomination and polling dates for the upcoming 2025-2026 general elections, outlining a comprehensive roadmap for the electoral process.

    The nomination of candidates for the presidential elections is scheduled for October 2 and 3, 2025.In a detailed roadmap released by the EC, the nomination process for parliamentary candidates will occur on September 16 and 17, 2025. For local government positions, including Special Interest Groups (SIGs), nominations will take place between September 3 and 12, 2025. The polling period for presidential, parliamentary, and local government elections, including SIGs, is set to run from January 12 to February 12, 2026.

     

    EC Chairperson, Justice Simon Byabakama Mugenyi, emphasized the importance of this roadmap for all stakeholders involved in the electoral process.

    “This roadmap is a critical tool for improving planning, participation, and implementation of electoral activities. We urge all political parties, candidates, and voters to familiarize themselves with these dates to ensure a smooth and efficient electoral process,” Justice Byabakama stated.

    The announcement marks a significant step towards the 2025-2026 general elections, as political parties and potential candidates begin to strategize and mobilize their resources.

    Justice Byabakama highlighted the need for adherence to the electoral calendar to avoid last-minute rushes and ensure thorough preparations.

    “Proper planning and timely execution are essential for free and fair elections. All stakeholders must use this roadmap to prepare adequately,” he added.

    The roadmap also serves as a guide for voter education campaigns and civic engagement initiatives. By providing clear timelines, the EC aims to enhance transparency and public confidence in the electoral process.

    “Our goal is to foster a transparent and credible electoral environment. We call on civil society organizations, the media, and other partners to support voter education and awareness efforts,” said Byabakama.

    Political analysts and civil society groups have welcomed the announcement, noting that early disclosure of the electoral timeline allows for better preparation and reduces uncertainties.

    Dr. Sarah Bireete, Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Governance, commented on the significance of the roadmap.

    “Early announcement of the electoral dates is crucial for ensuring that all stakeholders have ample time to prepare. It enhances transparency and promotes trust in the electoral process,” Dr. Bireete remarked.

    As the political landscape in Uganda gears up for the upcoming elections, the emphasis on compliance with the electoral roadmap is seen as a positive step towards achieving credible elections.

    The EC Chairperson reiterated the commission’s commitment to overseeing a fair and transparent electoral process.

    “The Electoral Commission is dedicated to upholding the principles of democracy and ensuring that the will of the people is accurately reflected in the election results,”  Byabakama affirmed.

    In addition to the nomination and polling dates, the EC has outlined various preparatory activities, including the update of the voters' register, recruitment and training of election officials, and the procurement of election materials.

    These activities are designed to ensure a seamless and efficient electoral process.As the 2025-2026 general elections approach, the released roadmap will serve as a critical reference for all electoral stakeholders.

    The EC’s call for adherence to the established timelines underscores the importance of coordinated efforts in achieving successful elections.

    Political parties, candidates, and voters are encouraged to actively participate in the electoral process and contribute to the democratic governance of Uganda.

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