In a brief statement issued on the US Mission Uganda official twitter handle Wednesday, the Mission says that the proposal by Electoral Commission (EC) to ban cameras and phones would prevent the media from providing effective election coverage.
Findings of the study conducted between April and March 2019 show that 89 percent of the voters interviewed predict violent polls. A total of 450 people from 13 regions around the country took part in the study. The study was both qualitative and quantitative in nature.
The meeting held at the EU Ambasodors residence in Kololo last night was led by the EU Head of Delegation Attilio Pacifici, and attended by representatives from EU partner states, the United States Ambassador to Uganda Deborah Malac and Officials from the Judiciary, led by the Chief Justice Bart Katureebe, Justice Minister Otafire Kahinda, and Attorney General William Byaruhanga.
Richard Ssewakiryanga, the Executive Director NGO forum, says the proposals are misguided since they target independent candidates, pressure groups and voting by security forces but leave out the recommendations by the Supreme Court.
Omara has reportedly been campaigning for Kampala based businessman Denis Dean Omeni, in the Sub Counties of Bala, Ayer, Akalo and Ayer Town Council since last year. In one of the drives, he was seen distributing handheld hoes which were given to households in Bala Sub County about three weeks ago.
The Chairperson of the Electoral Commission Justice Simon Byabakama told the MPs that the preparations will be done in three phases. He explained that some of the activities include demarcation of electoral areas and reorganise polling stations, procuring specialised materials and ICT equipment, replacement of some district motor vehicles and comprehensive voter education.