Ugandan pop-star Bobi Wine said on Sunday that he had collected 33,000 signatures from 109 districts of Uganda in two days, endorsing his bid to challenge President Museveni ahead of nomination.
The Kyadondo East MP, real name Robert Kyagulanyi on Wednesday accused security operatives of seizing his nomination forms with seven million signatures endorsing him for presidency during the raid in which police said it was meant to recover police and military stores.
“For two months we had been collecting millions of signatures until Wednesday this week when the military and police raided us and stole them!” he said.
The deadline for submission of signatures to the Electoral Commission was Saturday (October 17, 2020) but Bobi says he 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 (Saturday), a team from our secretariat was able to submit 33,000 signatures from 109 districts of Uganda,” he said in a statement on his social media platforms.
The number of signatures required for presidential nomination is 9,800 (100 signatures from 98 districts).
Bobi Wine has become a popular figure among the youth in a country where the median age is less than 16.
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