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Makindye Parliamentary Aspirants Defy EC, COVID-19 Guidelines to Campaign

At least five parliamentary candidates have been holding campaigns since being nominated on 15th and 16th October 2020 without permission or clearance from the EC.
Police stop Allan Sewanyana from Canpaigning

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Parliamentary candidate nominees in Makindye division, are illegally campaigning before the official Electoral Commission roadmap is released.

At least five parliamentary candidates have been holding campaigns after being nominated on 15th and 16th October 2020 without permission or clearance from the EC. In the Last 24 hours the opposition candidates have been the hardest hit with the police indefinitely deploying at their offices located in Mubaraka zone.

These include; Bosco Lusagala of the Democratic Party (DP). Allan Aloysius Sewanyana, of the National Unity Platform (NUP) and Farouk Ntege, an Independent candidate. Other candidates Kassim Kyazze of the Alliance for National Transformation and Achilles Lubega of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) have also been seen holding processions and rallies on Saturday and hosting hundreds at their offices in Makindye division.

Bosco Lusagala of the Democratic Party (DP) says government is trying to suppress opposition leaders in Makindye, yet the NRM party members are left to campaign in the open. He says he will continue campaigning ahead of the 2021 elections.

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Achilles Lubega, the NRM card flag bearer says he cannot wait as his opponents are canvassing for votes while the electoral commission and police look on. He has dispatched his teams to hold small group door to door campaigns as he waits for the roadmap.

But Paul Bukenya, the EC Acting spokesperson says the enforcement along with police is being boosted and the candidates have to wait for green light.

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According to the EC parliamentary campaigns start on 20th October 2020 after the campaign timetables have been finalised. Police accused the opposition politicians of breaching the EC laws, COVID-19 guidelines and disobeying lawful orders.

Patrick Onyango, Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson says all the candidates have been nominated by the EC, but are not allowed to hold group campaigns and have to wait for the EC campaign plan for all parliamentary candidates.

Onyango says Police is going to intensify deployment to stop politicians campaigning illegally before the Electoral Commission (EC) guidelines are out.

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While campaigns for parliamentary candidates are scheduled to start on October 20, those for presidential candidates are scheduled to commence on November 10.

EC says the 2021 general election will take place between January 10 and February 8.