Government plans to adjust Covid19 plan due to electoral negligence. 

Government plans to adjust Covid19 plan due to electoral negligence.

At the onset of the election campaigns, the Electoral Commission (EC) issued guidelines inline with measures to control the spread of Covid-19. The guidelines banned physical rallies and restricted town hall meetings to 70 people. This number was recently revised to 200 people per meeting. 

As the presidential candidates traverse the country selling their agenda to voters, a disturbing trend has emerged where some candidates or their agents are addressing large crowds in

blatant violation of set guidelines to control the spread of Covid-19. Some of the rallies are spontaneous, with members of the public following candidates travelling across their locality.

The planning authority says Covid-19 caused a revenue fall, disruption in grants and loans as expenditure moved from investment to survival. Melvin Lule, the National Planning Authority executive board member, said following the outbreak of Covid-19 in March, public sector priorities deviated because there was a revenue fall, disruption in grants and loans as expenditure moved from investment to survival. As a result, economic growth earlier estimated at 6.2 per cent dropped to 3.1 per cent. 

“There is an immediate negative effect on the path towards transformation. How the government has said they have – ever, in the medium to long term, the organ had to review the National Development Plan country struggles to control the spread of covid19 ’Mr Lule said last Thursday at Serena Kampala Hotel.

The presidential and other candidates seeking political office at various levels are expected to observe them throughout the election period with maximum compliance to the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) issued by the Ministry of Health