The Electoral Commission should stop barking and begins biting – Crispin Kaheru
The former national coordinator of the Citizens’ Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda (CCEDU), Mr. Kaheru Crispin has challenged the independent electoral commission to stop barking and begins biting by cracking the whip on errant security officers, candidates, and voters that engage in different electoral malpractices and unprofessional behaviors.
Kaheru says political campaigns have started becoming volatile and violent so the electoral commission should strictly implement the political party code of conduct to make campaigns more civil for political candidates to popularize their manifestos.
Many candidates and voters aren’t paying attention to the Standard Operating Procedures-SOPs in the fight against COVID-19 yet the spread is escalating.
‘Candidates should equally lead by example by all the time but most importantly they must be able to control their supporters,’ he added.
This comes at a time when the European Union has already said it will not deploy an observer mission for presidential elections on 14th January 2021 after complaints that their advice from previous observers to make the polls fair was disregarded.
President Yoweri Tibuhaburwa Kaguta Museveni, 76, of the National Resistance Movement-NRM who is seeking the 6th term, is facing 10 other presidential candidates.
Presidential and Parliamentary campaigns will close on 12th January 2021.
Uganda’s estimated population – about 45 million people.
Number of Registered Voters – as of September 2020: 17,658,527 (Number of males: 8,439,564 [47.79%]; number of females: 9,218,963 [52.21%]).
Number of Districts in Uganda: 146
Number of Counties: 312
Number of Constituencies: 353
No. of Sub Counties/Towns/Municipal Divisions: 2,184
Number of Parishes: 10,595
Number of Villages: 70,626
Number of Polling Stations: 34,344
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