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ANALYSIS: Why the Electoral Commission has suspended campaigns in COVID-19 high risk districts

Paul Bukenya, the Electoral Commission (EC) Spokesperson. PHOTO URN

๐Ÿ“Œ Museveni was due to campaign in:
Dec 29 – Wakiso
Dec 30 – Kampala
Jan 12 – Kampala

๐Ÿ“Œ Tumukunde was due to campaign in:
Dec 29 – Masaka
Jan 6 – Jinja
Jan 8 – Busiro & Nansana, Kampala
Jan 9 – Kawempe & Rubaga, Kampala
Jan 9 – Kampala Central

๐Ÿ“Œ Bobi Wine was due to campaign in:
Jan 1 – Masaka
Jan 6 – Tororo
Jan 9 – Makindye
Jan 10 – Busiro, Kira ,Rubaga
Jan 12 – Nakawa & Kampala Central

๐Ÿ“Œ Amuriat was due to campaign in:
Dec 27 – Jinja
Dec 28 – Tororo
Jan 2 – Luwero
Jan 3 – Mbarara
Jan 9 – Entebbe, Busiro & Makindye, Kampala

๐Ÿ“Œ Mao was due to campaign in:
Dec 30 – Mbarara

๐Ÿ“Œ Fred Mwesigwa was due:
Jan 4 – Luwero
Jan 8 – Masaka
Jan 9 – Wakiso & Kampala

๐Ÿ“Œ Joseph Kabuleta was due in:
Dec 29 – Luwero & kampala
Dec 31 – Jinja
Jan 1 – Kampala
Jan 2 – Wakiso
Jan 3 – Wakiso
Jan 4 – Kampala

๐Ÿ“Œ John Katumba was due in:
Dec 27 – Wakiso & Kampala
Dec 28 – Luwero
Dec 31 – Kampala Central
Jan 1-2 – Wakiso & Kampala
Jan 4 – Jinja
Jan 7 – Mbarara
Jan 8 – Masaka
Jan 9 – Wakiso & Kampala

๐Ÿ“Œ Kalembe Nancy was due in:
Dec 30 – Wakiso
Dec 31 – Kampala
Jan 3 – Kampala
Jan 4 – Wakiso
Jan 9 – Tororo

๐Ÿ“Œ Mugisha Muntu was due in:
Jan 3 – Jinja
Jan 9 – Kazo

โœณย SEE FULL ORIGINAL SCHEDULE BOTTOM OF STORY

Kampala, Uganda | THEย  URN & INDEPENDENT |ย ย The electoral commission has today decided to suspend campaign meetings in districts and cities with high spread of COVID-19.

The districts and cities that have been identified are Mbarara, Kabarole, Luwero, Kasese, Masaka, Wakiso, Jinja, Kalungu, Kazo, Kampala and Tororo.

According to the Electoral Commission spokesperson Paul Bukenya the suspension takes immediate effect.

At the start of campaigns the Electoral Commission issued guidelines to be followed by candidates in order to limit the spread of COVID-19, among these was limiting meetings to not more than 200 people and all the identified meeting venues to be preferably outdoor in order to enable the observance of the ministry of health COVID-19 measures.

In a press statement last month the Commission noted that some candidates, including Presidential candidates were holding their campaigns in a manner that violates the Guidelines for Conduct of Campaign Meetings.

The commission noted that some candidates are conducting processions along public roads, through towns and trading centres, and are also holding rallies in non-designated venues as per the harmonized campaign programme.

The suspension of campaign meetings in the said districts will come as a shock to both parliamentary and presidential candidates alike.

One of the affected Parliamentary candidates in Wakiso isย Lubega Medard Sseggona the incumbent Busiro East MP and National Unity Platform candidate for the same seat, who says the government is panicking and has decided to ban campaigns. He adds that the Electoral Commission has no powers to suspend campaigns.

“They sat and decided to ban campaigns?ย  They do not have the power to ban campaigns. It is not within their power.ย  They are just panicking because someone has pressed the panick button. We will do campaigns our way. An illegal decision is illegal from the word go, everyone is entitled to either defy it or circumvent it. We shall find our own ways of campaigning,” Sseggona said.

๐Ÿ“Œย FULL EC STATEMENT

UGANDA – Press Statement on Suspension of General Election Campaign Meetings in Specified Areas by The Independent Magazine on Scribd

Zziwa supports decision

Another affected parliamentary candidate in Kampala is the NRM flag bearer for the Nakawa West seat Margaret Zziwa Nantongo who welcomes the suspension in order to save lives. She urges candidates to comply with the order.

“I do not to violate or go against. It is life. I want people to be alive, it is when they are alive that they can vote. Let us not defy. Let us follow the rules…when the lockdown was on, the problem was not as hight , ” Zziwa said.

Missing out

Some of the Presidential candidates who were yet to campaign in the affected districts includeย  the incumbent and NRM candidate Yoweri Museveni who was meant to be in Wakiso on the 29th December, Kampala on the 30th December and in Kampala again on the 12th of January.

The FDC presidential candidate Patrick Amuriat Oboi was meant to be in Luwero on the 2nd of January, Mbarara on the 3rd January, Entebbe Municipality, Busiro South, Makindye Sabagabo, and Busiro East on the 09th of January.

The National Unity Platform Presidential Candidate Robert Kyaglanyi was meant to be in Makindye East and West, Rubaga south on the 9th of January, Rubaga North and Busiro South and East on the 10th of January and wrap up is campaigns in Kira municipality, Nakawa East and West as well as Kampala Central on the 12th of January.

According to the ministry of health, the cumulative confirmed cases of COVID-19 now stand at 33,360 with 245 deaths.

Of 442 contacts and alerts from tests done on the 24th of December Kampala had 353 and 26 were from Wakiso.

Uganda Presidential Campaign Programme as at 26.12.2020 by The Independent Magazine on Scribd

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  1. Where is the analysis?

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