The dates were announced two days after parliament questioned delays by the Electoral Commission to announce nomination dates, even after nominating candidates across the country. One MP after another said the delay in appointing the exact dates for the elections was making it hard for them to plan their campaign activities.
Elections for the members of Uganda's Eleventh Parliament will be held on January 14 2021, the Electoral Commission has announced.
The commission also announced that campaigns for all the candidates
nominated for parliamentary and local government elections will commence on November 9, 2020. These campaigns are
expected to end 24 hours before the actual voting, according to a roadmap released by EC chairman, Justice Simon
District chairpersons, city mayors, the Lord Mayor and city councillors will be elected on January 20, 2020, and Elections of Municipality/City
Division chairpersons and their councillors are to be held on January
25, 2020. Sub County/Town/Municipal Division
and their councillors are to be held on February 3, 2020.
The dates were announced two days after parliament questioned delays by the Electoral Commission to announce nomination dates, even after nominating candidates across the country. One MP after
another said the delay in appointing the exact dates for the elections was
making it hard for them to plan their campaign activities.
But while addressing a press conference at the EC headquarters in Kampala, Justice Byabakama stressed that no one, not even parliament has the powers to tell
the commission when the elections should be called. He said that everything that they
do is guided by law and not directives from anyone.
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January 14 is also expected to be the date for the election of the president, as they normally happen on
the same day. However, the commission made no pronouncement on this.
Byabakama said that they can’t announce the date for presidential
elections now because the law only permits them to do so after nominations are
complete. The Commission is expected to nominate presidential candidates on
November 2 and November 3.
Byabakama used today’s press
briefing to appeal to candidates to follow the laws and regulation regarding
the spread of coronavirus. The Commission said that processions and mass
public gatherings are totally banned. He said the police and other security
organs will ensure that these directives are followed.
“Candidates will, however, be allowed to hold campaign meetings, in a
regulated manner, preferably outdoors, with
limited attendance of a maximum of 70 persons, to enable the observance of the two-meter social distancing rule for the
persons attending the meeting,” Byabakama said.
He added that the candidates and venue owners must ensure that
the campaign venues are provided with handwashing facilities and sanitizers and
that the supporters attending the campaigns wear face masks at all time, while
accessing and exiting the meeting venue.
“Candidates are advised to identify suitable venues within their
constituencies and notify the respective Returning Officers, who will conduct
an inspection together with the Police and the District COVID-19 Taskforce to
ensure the venue will enable observance of the guidelines issued by the
Ministry of Health,” Byabakama said.