Presidential Candidates have Tabled Their Concerns Before EC
In a meeting with Electoral Commission yesterday, various presidential candidates who had come to present their campaign schedules, tabled various concerns before EC officials concerning their campaign schedules.
Presidential campaigns are scheduled for Nov. 19 until Jan. 12 and voting is scheduled for 14th January.
One of the concerns tabled was curfew time, candidates requested for suspension of the overnight curfew during their campaigns to enable them travel at night and lifting the limit of 70 supporters they are supposed to meet for the purpose of launching their manifestos.
Candidates appealed to EC to allow open public campaigns like Tanzania did recently and also EC to fully demonstrate that they are in charge of the elections and all its aspects and better facilitation for them.
They also expressed the concern about security vehicles stating that it wasn’t enough to have security vehicles but also campaign vehicles, that should be given.
In response, the EC chairperson, Simon Byamukama said that they could only provide what is provided by the Law.
Candidates also requested that their vehicles be installed with sirens so that they are able to go through traffic during their campaigns since they have only two months of campaign.
Candidates also want people who pull down their posters punished.
The other request was that they be provided with a soft copy of the national voters register to ascertain their total voters number claiming that some of the voters who seconded their candidatures had their names deleted after their signatures were submitted to EC.
Byamukama said all candidates will meet again this Saturday to harmonise their campaign schedules so that they clash in different districts.
The duly nominated candidates include incumbent President Yoweri Tibahaburwa Kaguta Museveni, 24-year-old John Katumba and Nancy Linda Kalembe, the only female candidate.
The others are former Security minister Henry Tumukunde, former army commander Mugisha Muntu, Norbert Mao, Joseph Kabuleta Kiiza, Patrick Amuriat Oboi, music pop star Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, Fred Mwesigye and Willy Mayambala.