Uganda Communication Commission (UCC) has issued tough guidelines on the expected practice by broadcasting media houses regarding campaigning and elections reporting for the 2021 general elections.
According to UCC, the issued guidelines provide basic requirements to achieve balance, fairness, and impartiality in election coverage.
The guidelines cover political advertising, equitable access to talk-shows, equal coverage to candidates and media sponsorship on both private and public media during election period.
The key highlights in the guidelines issued include;
Reasonable Access: Stations will not turn away candidates running for presidential and parliamentary seats and they must provide them with “some” access in dayparts ie; morning, lunchtime, evening and nightshows.
Members of Parliament (MPs) sitting on the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee yesterday rejected the Electoral Commission’s (EC) decision banning open public rallies ahead of the 2021 General Elections.The legislators raised concern that the ban would be to the disadvantage of the candidates participating in the polls.
During a meeting attended by Justice minister Ephraim Kamuntu, Attorney General (AG) William Byaruhanga, and officials from EC, the MPs are asked government to consider declaring a State of Emergency so that the polls, whose “credibility” is being threatened by the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, can be postponed.
The committee chaired by West Budama South MP Jacob Oboth-Oboth was interacting with the minister, the AG and the EC officials led by their chairpe...
KAMPALA – Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party ()has rubbished and described the digital campaigns suggested by the Electoral Commission as an abuse to democracy
Mr Nathan Nandala Mafabi, the Party Secretary General said that as a party they have rejected the proposed digital campaigns by the EC ahead of the 2021 general elections because they abuse the pillars of constitutional democracy.
Mr Mafabi who doubles as the MP for Budadiri West said digital campaigns would ban freedom of assembly enshrined in Article 29(d) of the Constitution, offending the main pillars and foundation upon which constitutional democracy was built on in Uganda.
Mr Mafabi who was speaking to PML Daily on June 25 explained that the objective II of the Constitution of Uganda titled Democratic Principles...