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Amama Mbabazis lawyers presented signatures of voters from 107 districts, backing his nomination for presidency. The team returns on Tuesday to verify the signatures.

Lawyers of former Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi have accused state agencies of harassment and intimidation in their quest to collect signatures to endorse his candidature for presidency.

Mbabazi's lawyers, Fred Muwema and Severino Twinobusingye told journalists shortly after submitting nomination documents to back his bid for presidency that supporters were harassed.

Shortly after presenting signatures from at least 107 districts, EC officials asked the lawyers to return on Tuesday to witness the verification process of the signatures, since it was past 5.00 pm, the official time. The Presidential Elections Act requires a candidate to have supporting signatures from at least two thirds of the existing districts.

In response, Muwema said the team is satisfied that the process was a success and their candidate is ready to be nominated between October 5 and 6, when the Electoral Commission is expected to carry out the process.

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Mbabazi's nomination bid for the presidency was recently backed by five political parties and two pressure groups under The Democratic Alliance.

They include Democratic Party (DP), People's Progressive Party (PPP), Uganda Federal Alliance (UFA), Justice Forum (JEEMA) and Olara Otunnu's Uganda People's Congress (UPC). Mbabazi also got the backing of Go-Forward-Pro Change and Pressure for National Unity (PNU).
The number of voters who signed in support of Mbabazi's nomination include Kabale 1110, Kanungu 1030, Amudat 200, Wakiso 2190, Kampala 1420, Kotido 220, Dokolo 490, Kalangala 1280, Lira 950, Isingiro 310, Bushenyi 590, Sheema 940 and Kibale 1100, among others.

EC spokesperson, Jotham Taremwa says in a bid to cut costs, the Commission is planning to transmit electronic copies of the national voters register to all nominated candidates. 

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Olive Eyotaru
Olive Eyotaru is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Eyotaru has been a URN staff member since February 2015.

Eyotaru started practising journalism while still studying at Uganda Christian University. She was a reporter with Ultimate Media Consult Ltd between 2005 and 2007.

In 2009, Eyotaru joined Monitor Publications Limited, under KFM Radio as a parliamentary and business reporter. Consequently, Eyotaru started writing for the Daily Monitor newspaper until January 2015, when she moved to URN.

She is interested in reporting about politics, health, human rights, business and sports.