Withdrawals must be filed in a timely manner with the appropriate authority before the electoral commission prints the ballot papers. A candidate that files a withdrawal request after the Ballot papers have been printed must be penalised through a hefty charge which should go to compensating the Electoral Commission's expenses towards running messages announcing the withdrawal of one's candidature.

In Buhweju for instance, we saw the EC polling officials labouring to explain to each of the voters not to cast a vote for Alisson Byamukama who had voluntarily withdrawn her candidature, barely a week to the polling day. This inadvertent voter education must be remunerated, and the cost must be born by the candidate who voluntarily pulled out of the race.

Any pending court proceedings on candidates must be resolved quickly before candidates go in the thick and thin of campaigning and within good time before the election date.