The Electoral Commission has warned Civil Society Organizations
against campaigning for people seeking political offices.
The EC’s Acting Secretary, Leonard Mulekwa, made the warning on
Thursday at the launch of Voter Education Campaign organised by Uganda Project
Implementation and Management Centre –UPMAC and Civic Education Coalition of
Uganda-CECU. The voter education campaign will be conducted by EC in
collaboration with 18 CSOs.
Mulekwa said sometimes CSOs cross the line of public sensitization and align
themselves to particular political camps or side with individual candidates.
However, Mulekwa said EC shall not hesitate to cancel partnership
with any CSO which will deviate from voter education or election observation to
a political campaign.
“As a Commission, we have worked with CECU and we know the
material going to be distributed has been developed with our guidance. I only
pray that people going out there do not lose track,” Mulekwa said.
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EC said several political candidates do not mind about the safety of voters and
it is time CSOs intervened by sensitizing the public on dangers of Covid-19 and
also emphasized on why they need to protect their lives from Covid-19. Mulekwa
said there is need to separate right to gathering and responsibility to protect
“Health is a personal responsibility. People are saying it is our right to
gather. But when the pandemic hits, the blame will be on the government.
Citizens need to be reminded of their responsibility. Rights are not absolute.
You can’t enjoy rights at the expense of your life or lives of others,” Mulekwa
Peter Bogere, CECU coordinator, said during their sample study they realized
that only 23 percent of voters know the electoral process and the same
percentage can understand and implement contents of Uganda Constitution.
Bogere added that during the Voter Education Campaign which they will conduct
in 42 districts, they hope to reach out to at least 6 million voters. The voter sensitization message, according to Bogere, will be packaged in form posters.
“We are going to print 822,000 voter education posters in 18 languages, 50,000
flyers also in 18 languages and 3000 t-shirts for field voter educators. We
shall also use radio talk shows in areas we are targeting to reach,” Bogere
Bogere added that they will also send 10 million bulk messages reminding voters
about the importance of participating in elections and polling days. Other
things UPIMAC and CECU hope to do to sensitize voters include drama skits in
Joseph Kato is currently a Master's candidate at Makerere University. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Kampala International University, a Diploma in Journalism and he's also a graduate in Guidance and Counseling.