A section of the Members of Parliament who are also candidates vying for Parliamentary seats have welcomed the campaign period of two months set by the Independent Electoral commission as long as the Standard Operating procedures will be not be applied selectively at the expense of the Oppositions.
Today, Electoral Commission announced that Ugandans will go to polls on January 14, 2021, to elect their Members of Parliament and District woman MPs.
The electoral body has also gazetted November 9, 2020, to January 12, 2021, as campaign period for all nominated MP candidates.
Addressing news conferences, the EC Chairperson Simon Byakakama has also said that all campaigns should follow Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to guard against the spread of covid-19.
Busia Municipality Geoffrey Macho says, electoral commission should allow the processions because there is no way how politicians will avoid meeting their supporters.
Rujumbura County Member of Parliament, Fred Turyamuhweza says there is no problems as long as all the candidates for both the ruling party and opposition are treated equally and the Standard operating procedures will greatly affect the number of Voters.
Kawempe North MP Latiff Sebagala says the separating Parliamentary election poll day from the presidential elections’ day is subject for approval by parliament by amending the parliamentary and Presidential election Act.
DP’s Godfrey Kiyingi Aspirant for Nakaseke Central parliamentary seat advises the electoral commission to plan for joint campaigns for candidates across all political Parties in designated play grounds following the standard operating procedure to air out their views to the electorates