The Commission Acting Spokesperson Paul Bukenya said that they are following up on Kyagulanyi's arrest with security agencies and other relevant organs.
The Electoral Commission has said that it is in control of the electoral
Criticism of the commission has been high following the arrest of the National
Unity Platform-NUP presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu in Luuka
Several opposition politicians on Thursday said that the commission had lost
its powers to security personnel and the incumbent presidential candidate
In a statement released by the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission Justice
Simon Byabakama, the commission is in control executing their mandate and shall
deliver free and fair elections.
The Commission Acting Spokesperson Paul Bukenya said that they are following up
on Kyagulanyi's arrest with security agencies and other relevant organs.
However, he added that it is the mandate of the Police to enforce
campaign guidelines as set by the Commission.
Asked about the selective enforcement of the Covid-19 guidelines,
Bukenya insisted that it is the job of the police to enforce the Standard
Operating Procedures- SOPs.
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Bukenya further warned candidates who are floating or intend to
flout the guidelines.
According to guidelines issued by the commission, candidates
should avoid crowds of more than 200 people. They are also not allowed to hold
He says those who violate guidelines risk having their campaigns
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Following Kyagulanyi's arrest, several presidential candidates including
Gen Henry Tumukunde and Gregg Mugisha Muntu suspended their campaigns.
However, Bukenya says the two presidential candidates should communicate
formally to the commission. He says, for now, they are expected to follow their
He also said that there shall be no extension of the campaign period since the
Commission has to abide by the law on dates for casting the ballot.
Bukenya also said that they have not received complaints of
Presidential candidates being denied airtime on radio stations as alleged by
Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party.