The Electoral Commission has directed NUP’s Presidential Candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu to Comply with Election Guidelines and Respect Covid-19 Standard Operating Procedures_ .
The Electoral Commission Chaired by Justice Simon Byabakama met Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine and Senior National Unity Plat form (NUP) party officials over continued failure and refusal in complying with the Electoral Commission’s guidelines for conduct of campaign meetings and observance of the COVID-19 Standard Operating Procedures in the electoral environment.
This , the EC says puts the lives of the citizens at the risk of contracting the virus and resulting into unwarranted confrontations with Security Personnel.
This was a follow up meeting to the one adjourned on the 14th December, 2020, because the Electoral Commission insisted on and required the personal attendance of Candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu
On his part , candidate Kyagulanyi complained that his campaigns had been disrupted by the Security personnel who also blocked his radio programs, re-routed their movements, occasioned delays in reaching campaign venues and denied him accommodation in areas where they are scheduled to hold campaign meetings.
He further asserted that implementation of the campaign guidelines should apply equally to all candidates including incumbent Gen. Yoweri Museveni.
Justice Byabakama informed the candidate that in response to his concerns raised in earlier meetings and written complaints lodged with the Commission by the NUP party, the Electoral Commission had written to Uganda Police; and a response from the Police had been received.
“The Commission will in the shortest period of time arrange for a meeting with the leadership of the Uganda Police Force, the political parties sponsoring presidential candidates as well as Independent Presidential candidates, with the view of resolving any outstanding issues concerning their campaign activities,” Justice Byabakama said in a press statement.
The Commission, however told the Kyagulanyi that going forward he and all other candidates are expected to follow the election guidelines and respect the COVID-19 Standard Operating Procedures, failure of which the Commission would take action to ensure observance of the law.
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