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2021 ELECTIONS: Hon Kamya credits Digital campaigns over Rallies ahead of elections.

2021 ELECTIONS: Hon Kamya credits Digital campaigns over Rallies ahead of elections.

AFRICA, UGANDA
Minister for Lands, Housing and Urban Development Beti Kamya has said that political rallies reach much fewer people than the media. As the country gears for the 2021 general election which, according to the Electoral Commission (EC), will have to be ‘scientific’ due to the ravaging Coronavirus, some politicians have expressed concern over holding campaigns on media saying they won’t reach a wide range of their voters. While appearing on NBS Television’s Morning Breeze however, Kamya said that media will provide a far wide coverage and reach than normal campaigns would. Kamya said, “Rallies reach much fewer people than the media. If you save the money on rallies and use it for media, you will reach more people through TV and radio.” Kamya said that EC’s revised roadmap intends...
UGANDA: EC out of Funds to enable Ugandans in the diaspora, prisoners to vote.

UGANDA: EC out of Funds to enable Ugandans in the diaspora, prisoners to vote.

AFRICA, UGANDA
KAMPALA- The Electoral Commission (EC) has petitioned court seeking more time to enable them cater for the participation of prisoners and Ugandans in the Diaspora and prisoners in national elections. In an application that was filed on Tuesday in the High Court, EC through its legal officer Mr Hamid Lugoloobi stated that the commission does not have money to facilitate the process. Mr Lugoloobi said that the money that was allocated to the commission for the 2020/2021 financial year can only handle registered Ugandans. Last month, Justice Lydia Mugambe, ended the 25- year ban on voting rights of prisoners and Ugandans abroad.  "As citizens, Ugandans of eighteen years and above who are in prison or in the Diaspora have the right to vote under Article 59 of the Constitution...
UGANDA:  MPs reject digital campaigns ahead of the 2021 elections.

UGANDA: MPs reject digital campaigns ahead of the 2021 elections.

AFRICA, UGANDA
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...
UGANDA: Why Pastor Joseph Kabuleta contests for presidency.

UGANDA: Why Pastor Joseph Kabuleta contests for presidency.

AFRICA, UGANDA
City pastor Joseph Kabuleta, has written to the Electoral Commission (EC), declaring his intention to stand for presidency in the forthcoming 2021 polls.The journalist turned pastor said Wednesday, in his letter dated July 1, 2020 and addressed to the chairperson of the EC, Justice Simon Byabakama that he’s seeking permission to embark on holding nation-wide consultations. "This is to notify you that, in accordance with the Presidential Elections Act 2005, our client intends to carry out nation-wide consultations. In his consultations across the country, he intends to hold meetings with religious leaders, security agencies, pressure groups, political parties, public, intellectuals, academia, civil society organizations, business community and other citizens of Uganda," Mr Kabuleta's la...
UGANDA: ‘The scientific general election will disadvantage women’, Women activists

UGANDA: ‘The scientific general election will disadvantage women’, Women activists

AFRICA, UGANDA
The Uganda Women’s Network (UOMNET) has called on the Electoral Commission to take into consideration the limited media outreach, especially in the rural parts of the country ahead of the 2021 elections. This followed the concerns that have been raised by different politicians and stakeholders regarding the virtual campaigns as the proposed primary mode of electioneering. While addressing the media on Monday in Kampala,the executive director UWONET, Rita Aciro, said given the fact that campaigns are going to be conducted primarily online inevitably raises the question of equal access to media platforms by political candidates. She said the fundamental principle defining credible elections is that they must reflect the free expression of the will of the people, and virtual campaig...
UGANDA:  “We met Museveni to appeal for election funding, not permission to hold elections”, Electoral Commission.

UGANDA: “We met Museveni to appeal for election funding, not permission to hold elections”, Electoral Commission.

AFRICA, UGANDA
The Electoral Commission (EC) spokesperson Jotham Taremwa has revealed that the EC met with President Museveni to appeal for election funding and not permission to hold elections. The EC has for two weeks now been under spotlight following the release of a revised election roadmap where it stated that campaigns for the forthcoming elections will be held ‘scientifically’ on television, radio and online. Taremwa revealed that the EC met every political party about the roadmap and there was no harm in their meeting with President Museveni. Taremwa said, “What is wrong about meeting the president? We met the president appealing for election funding because according to the law, he is the substantive minister for Finance.” Among other issues Taremwa said that the EC also met the Pr...
UGANDA: The Proposed Scientific Election In 2021 May Cause A Constitutional Crisis,FRED MUWEMA

UGANDA: The Proposed Scientific Election In 2021 May Cause A Constitutional Crisis,FRED MUWEMA

AFRICA, UGANDA
The Electoral Commission released a revised roadmap for the 2020/21 general elections where it stated that “mass rallies will not be allowed but campaigns will be conducted mainly through media.” Many people are wondering how a restriction on one aspect of the campaigns i.e. mass rallies, can reduce the whole election into a “scientific election”? The reality is that it is the rallies which have the pull and push power of the campaigns and the campaigns are the gravitas of the electoral process. You literally can not tell when the electoral process has begun until the campaign rallies have begun. So that is probably why the EC can get away with calling the whole election “scientific”. Because campaigns and their rallies are the amalgam that sticks the whole electoral process together a...
UGANDA: ‘People Power’ President, Bobi Wine unveils own electoral commission team ahead of 2021 polls.

UGANDA: ‘People Power’ President, Bobi Wine unveils own electoral commission team ahead of 2021 polls.

AFRICA, UGANDA
KAMPALA – Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, unveiled an 11-member team he said will manage the People Power Movement electoral commission ahead of the 2021 general election. Bobi Wine told the team at the People Power Movement headquarters in Kampala that what they have offered themselves to is not an easy task. “Comrades as we welcome you, I wanted first and foremost let you know that we’re in a charged mood. I want to thank the comrades that have offered themselves for this task. It is not an easy task at all. I have said this before and I repeat it again that we are leaders to serve and not to boast around. People Power is literally the power of the people. We have said it before, we retaliate it that the problem of Uganda is bad governanc...