The disapproval came after a statement presented to Parliament by Justice and Constitutional Affairs Minister, Ephraim Kamuntu on Tuesday. In the statement, Kamuntu reiterated the position by the commission to run a ‘scientific’ election, with no mass campaigns or person-to-person interactions by those running for political offices.
According to Justice Ssekaana, he will jointly hear the suits filed by City Lawyer, Male Mabirizi and 14 leaders from the “People’s Government’ on December 12 since they appear to have similar facts. He explains that it was necessary to consolidate the suits to avoid duplicity and multiplicity.
They also opposed the proposed Political Parties and Organizations Bill which introduces a code of conduct for political parties and organizations saying the political parties have their own laws which govern them.
Christine Akot, the Moroto District Vice Chairperson says joint campaigns help the electorate to make informed choices after hearing from all candidates in the same date. She also stresses that joint campaigns reduce fatigue and confusion of the electorate.
The proposal was fronted by the Alliance for Campaign Finance Monitoring –ACFIM, a loose coalition of civil society activists advocating for increased transparency in financing political parties and election campaigns in Uganda