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Shun violence- democracy body warns

By Ian Katusiime

The Citizens Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda (CCEDU) has called upon political parties and candidates to desist from acts that could orchestrate unnecessary anxiety and violence during the campaigning and voting period. CCEDU released the statement to applaud the Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda’s call for a peaceful election period when he addressed a press briefing on Jan 5.

According to a statement released from the organisation on Jan 6, electoral violence remains a serious threat to the February 18 2016 elections in regard to the incidents that happened during the on-going presidential campaigns. Clashes recently broke out between candidates’ supporters in Ntungamo and Gulu.

“These cases of election-related violence continue to create a sense of terror and uncertainly among voters.” The statement added “There is also worry that millions of nervous Ugandan voters could stay away from voting due to fear of violent attacks, threats or politically motivated intimidation.

CCEDU has therefore urged all political parties and candidates to desist from mobilising youth groups and militias to fuel fears or actualities of electoral violence.

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