Tenywa Edris an Independent Candidate noted that due to the internet shut down, he is finding a hard time coordinating his polling agents since they had set up a Whatsapp group to track the results.
Some of the Parliamentary
Candidates in Kawempe South have expressed mixed reaction to the internet
shutdown. On Wednesday,
the government took a decision to shut down the internet a few hours to polling day,
leaving many Ugandans grumbling and businesses destabilized.
an Independent Candidate noted that due to the internet shut down, he is
finding a hard time coordinating his polling agents since they had set up a Whatsapp
group to track the results.
affected communication because earlier one would be able to communicate with
the polling agents effectively when sited at home while monitoring everything online, send money to the agents through mobile money which is not the case
this time,” Tenywa said.
noted that the move by the government will reduce on circulation of false
the information which could lead to violence and loss of lives.
“Some of our
people don’t know the value of life, you find people circulating false
the information which may cause different reactions from the public and may cause
to lose of lives and property since it may breed violence,” he added.
Gahungu the Ecological Party Parliamentary candidate requested the government to
consider restoring internet connectivity as earlier as possible to save
many Ugandans who are losing out on business.
internet is not something that is desirable given the fact that we use the internet
for business, communication and for other crucial purposes but if the internet
was closed to particularly safeguard peace, which is right. We however suggest
that it should be opened as soon as possible,” Gahungu said.
called upon his supporters to remember that there is life after elections and
should not look at violence as a way of solving election grievances but
consider running to court.
National Resistance Movement (NRM) Parliamentary candidate, Solomon Mayanja
noted that the decision was to shut down the internet is welcome since it will
save many candidates from uncoordinated information that would be circulating
on the different social media platforms.
that it is closed because many candidates would be on the pressure right now
because most candidates in the race are of age and nay misinformation through
social media may cost them their lives; the shutdown helps them to calm down
the pressure for the elderly in the race,” Mayanja said.
disputed the notion that candidates can’t coordinate as well as communicating
with their polling agents noting that since phone calls are not restricted.
calls are not restricted, what is restricted is the internet, I keep calling my
agents to know what is going on before we had no internet and voting would go
on smoothly,” Mayanja added.