October 25, 2020
October 25, 2020

IPOD chairperson labels EC’ scientific electoral road map unconstitutional

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By Kabuye Ronald
Inter Party Organization for Dialogue (IPOD) chairperson also JEEMA party president Hon. Asuman Basalirwa has described the revised 2021 election road map by the Electoral Commission (EC) as unconstitutional.
Basalirwa told a news conference at the Uganda Journalists Association’s (UJA) offices in Kawempe that there was a number of irregularities in the revised scientific road map which needed to be addressed by all stake holders.
He questioned the road map, warning of it’s legal consequences to the Commission if implemented in it’s current form.
According to the released roadmp, The Commission will avail nomination forms on its website that can be printed by those with access to the internet. However, for those with no access to internet, hard copies will be availed. “Important to note is that we will only allow an aspiring candidate with only two (2) people; the nominator and a seconder.
Mass rallies will not be allowed but campaigns will be conducted mainly through media. The Commission will issue specific guidelines for each electoral activity under this revised
Roadmap in due course and will engage with various stakeholders on the same.
This includes detailed information on specific requirements for nomination as a candidate, access to nomination forms, nomination fees and venues and conduct of campaigns and polling process.
Furthermore, the Commission in consultation with the Ministry of Health considered and adopted Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to facilitate safe participation by all
stakeholders in the electoral process. These emphasise safe practices, which have been customised to elections and electoral process include;
i. Practicing social distancing;
ii. Wearing face masks in public; and
iii. Regular washing of hands
The commission also revealed that campaigns will be done via various  digital platforms like radios, televisions, internet platforms among others.
Nomination of presidential candidates will be done from 2-3rd November 2020,  campaigns   digitally from 10th november 2020 to 8th january 2021 and actually polling will be between 10 january to 8th february.
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