The dates were announced two days after parliament questioned delays by the Electoral Commission to announce nomination dates, even after nominating candidates across the country. One MP after another said the delay in appointing the exact dates for the elections was making it hard for them to plan their campaign activities.
Previously, the Electoral Commission had indicated that it will need 796 billion Shillings to conduct the 2021 elections. However, the government was only able to provide 640 billion Shillings. But this was before the coming of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) whose prevention measures require a lot of sanitary facilities.
When asked whether the Police will not use this to deny candidate permission to hold campaign meetings, Byabakama said, this will not happen because during the time of elections, the Public Order Management Act which the police uses to regulate meetings, doesn’t apply.
This was the main issue of contentious during a one-day dialogue between the Electoral Commission, the civil society and political players held today. The dialogue was organized by the United Nations Development Program [UNDP] to harmonize deviating views a month since the Electoral Commission released the controversial roadmap.
EC Chairman Justice Simon Byabakama Mugenyi told Rwomushana that the number of people who should attend his consultation meetings must conform to the Ministry of Health guidelines on gatherings. Through the President, the government banned any meeting exceeding five people, while burials were restricted to 30 people and weddings must be attended by not more than 10 people.
In his letter, the Commission Chairperson, Justice Simon Byabakama Mugenyi, said the Commission was disqualifying Achola from the race because the names on her nomination papers do not match with those on her academic papers.