The Electoral Commission has said obtaining a tax clearance certificate from the Uganda Revenue Authority [URA] is not a requirement for candidates hoping to participate in the 2020/2021 general elections.
Doris Akol, the Uganda Revenue Authority -URA Commissioner General recently urged all those intending to participate in the elections to use this period to obtain their tax clearance certificates to avoid inconveniences.
However EC chairperson Justice Simon Byabakama Mugenyi told reporters at the Electoral Commission headquarters along Jinja Road in Kampala that unless the law is amended to allow for the tax clearance certificates, they will not be part of the requirements for the intending candidates.
The EC also asked intending candidates who need to have academic papers obtained from outside Uganda and those who need to equate their papers to A ‘level to use this time for the exercise.
He added that aspiring candidates whose academic qualifications are equivalent to A’ Level, or whose academic qualifications were obtained outside Uganda will not be nominated without a certificate issued by the National Council for Higher Education in consultation with the Uganda National Examinations Board-UNEB.
Meanwhile, the EC chairman urged MPs and other aspirants to bear with the commission roadmap in the preparation for the elections.
A number of MPs had complained that the EC was going to carryout nominations in August yet elections are to be held in January 2021 hence prolonging the campaigning period way from the usual three months.