EC suspends campaigns in Kampala

The Uganda Electoral Commission has effective December 26(today), 2020 suspended physical political campaign meetings in Kampala.

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Police and EC have continuously accused Presidential Candidates of addressing big crowds of people and holding processessions despite the Covid-19 threat in the country|COURTESY PHOTO.

The Uganda Electoral Commission has announced it has effective December 26(today), 2020 suspended physical political campaign meetings in Kampala until further notice.

According to Mr Paul Bukenya, the Acting spokesperson for EC, this has been done in accordance to the Ministry of Health recommendations.

Other areas where physical campaign meetings have been suspended include; Mbarara, Kabarole, Luwero, Kasese, Masaka, Wakiso, Kabarole, Jinja, Kalungu, Kazo and Tororo.

“The EC has suspended campaign meetings in districts/cities categorised by Ministry of Health as having high spread of Covid19. From 26/12/20, no campaign meetings will be held in Mbarara, Kabarole, Luwero, Kasese, Masaka, Wakiso, Kabarole, Jinja, Kalungu, Kazo, Kampala and Tororo,” Mr Bukenya said.

The two main contenders in the 2021 General Elections NUP’s Kyagulanyi Ssentamu Robert alias Bobi Wine and Incumbent and NRM flag bearer Yoweri Tibuhaburwa Kaguta Museveni are some of the candidates who were yet to campaign in Kampala.

Mr Kyagulanyi who’s currently canvassing votes from the areas of Lyatonde, Rakai and Kyotera, was expected to reach climax of his campaigns in Wakiso and Kampala.

On the other hand, Gen Museveni was set to campaign in the greater Mukono on Monday the 28th of December, 2020.
As per the EC program, the president would also end his search for a sixth term in Kampala and Wakiso.

Political critics however believe the move by the Elections organizing body could have been a plan to deny Bobi Wine a chance to meet the youths from both Wakiso and Kampala where they say his highest number of supporters are.

The EC however, in its explanation said this was being done to tame down the surging coronavirus cases and continued processions by Presidential candidates.

On Friday, the Ministry of Health confirmed 446 new Covid-19 infections leading to a cumulative number of cases to 33,360 while 245 Ugandans have died.

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