Because of the personal details on the slip, the Electoral-commission advises that each voter picks their personal slips from the EC teams that are already in the field. However, in Kumi Municipality some politicians and their agents allegedly overshadowed the exercise by collecting several Voter Location Slips supposedly belonging to their supporters.
Paul Bukenya, the EC spokesperson says that the campaigns were suspended and they could be reinstated. He explains that they are open to having talks with all presidential candidates to find ways that the electoral process can continue the campaigns without exposing the electorate to COVID-19.
In Bukedea, the Tokor Village Chairperson in Kabarwa Sub County, James Peter Elungat has spent 21 days in cells without trial. He was arrested on allegations of threatening violence on November 30th, 2020.
In his campaign trail in Amuria and Katakwi districts, Mao canvassed for votes for DP flag bearers in Abiya and Kuju Sub Counties. According to Mao, his approach is to strengthen structures at lower levels to enable the party grow to cause change.
The contention forced residents led by Michael Enyangu Etadu, Robert Onanyang, Stephen Erienyu, Patrick Ejelu and Brian Omoding to seek legal redress after it emerged that some politicians had intentionally altered the boundaries to serve their political interests.
Julius Arugu, the Project Officer at Public Affairs Centre- PAC Uganda, says he is not seeing the scientific elections working, and wonders how the majority of people especially in the villages will be able to make informed decisions when they don’t have access to internet, electricity, computers, radio stations or Televisions that should relay information from candidates.
Last week while addressing mourners at the burial of David Anyoti Obyara, the former Minister of Information in the Obote II government, said that the NRM party has not had adequate time to concentrate on development because of continuous insurgencies from 1986.
Isaac Aletia Lomuria, the village chairperson for Iriiri trading centre said many of the village chairmen have missed bicycles which were meant to ease their work of mobilization and campaign for the President and the party.
Robert Kirenga, the Executive Director of the coalition says the EC needs to take control of the campaign process by making sure that candidates adhere to the SOPs. Kirenga says while electoral processes are fundamental for any democracy, at this time, following SOPs is more important because it saves lives.
Robert Mayombwe, a voter from Kiwenda in Wakiso district says that for the presidential and constituency debates to be understood, the people need to know what the politicians are promising to deliver when elected in 2021.
Amuriat who is currently canvassing for support in Katakwi District was moved by the high levels of poverty and suffering by people in the area. The residents told Amuriat in Kapujan Sub County that they are living in poverty because they don’t have money to buy food and other basic needs like soap and salt.
Amuriat made the appeal from Soroti, where he launched his presidential campaign on Monday, a day characterised by running battles between security and supporters of the Forum for Democratic Change-FDC.