Elections expert Crispin Kaheru calls for immediate suspension of physical campaigns
Elections expert and former National Coordinator of the Citizens’ Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda-CCEDU, Mr. Crispin Kaheru has asked the independent electoral commission to suspend physical campaigns with immediate effect until the government is ready to properly conduct elections amidst COVID-19 pandemic.
Kaheru says the incidents of violence at hand in different parts of the country points to one thing: that as a country we have failed the test of a ‘hybrid election’ amidst Covid-19 pandemic.
‘It is therefore prudent that the Electoral Commission suspends physical Campaigns with immediate effect until such a point when the body regains full control of the electoral environment. Life is more important than elections,’ he added.
Stakeholders including politicians, their supporters, security agencies, and non-state actors have been asked to remain alive to the reality that this is an election and not a war. They each must act responsibly. An electoral process that is not peaceful may ultimately be difficult to prove as credible.
Presidential and Parliamentary campaigns are will end on January 12, 2021 followed by election on January 14, 2021.
Violence rocks Kampala Metropolitan Area-KMA
The arrests of National Unity Platform-NUP Presidential Candidate Bobi Wine by police at Luuka district headquarter grounds eastern Uganda today, has sparked bloody protests in Kampala metropolitan area where at least 5 people have lost lives and many left wounded.
By press time, Bobi Wine was still detained at Nalufenya police station in Jinja eastern Uganda, accused of holding a rally with over 200 people contrary to COVID-19 standard operating procedures-SOPs.
Police in Masaka also got involved in running battles with supporters of Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (Bobi Wine) following news of his arrest in Luuka district.
Three NUP flag bearers for Masaka City constituencies have been arrested for allegedly spearheading Bobi Wine protests. These are Abed Bwanika, Florence Namayanja and Kanyike Evans.
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