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Candidates Face Challenges Campaigning Among Voters Without Masks

The camps contesting for 2021 presidential elections say they face a challenge when mobilizing the 200 people that the Electoral Commission and Ministry of Health allow because most of them have never had a face mask, sanitized or known about guidelines to prevent COVID-19

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2021 Presidential candidates are facing challenges with making supporters comply with COVID 19 campaign guidelines.

The different camps accuse government of not providing face masks to citizens as promised ahead of the 2020 / 2021 election campaigns. They say face a challenge when mobilising the 200 people that the Electoral Commission and Ministry of Health allow because most of them have never had a face mask, sanitized or known about guidelines to prevent COVID 19 during the campaign period.

Alex Luganda, a deputy Chief of staff in presidential candidate Henry Tumukunde’s camp says the campaigns have exposed that government did not educate and give people masks as was portrayed by various government organs including the Electoral Commission (EC).

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Lewis Rubongoya, General Secretary National Unity Platform (NUP) party says the general situation in the country is that people don’t observe Stand Operating Guidelines (SOP’s), have no masks and COVID-19 is just used to deter opposition candidates from having fruitful 2020 / 2021 presidential campaigns. 

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Bob Barigye, a member of Forum for Democratic (FDC) candidate Patrick Oboi Amuriat’s camp says  they have given out masks but don’t have enough and besides it is the responsibility of government. He says that in some districts they have more than 200 candidates and cannot only talk amongst their candidates with masks and live out the supporters whom government failed to give masks or sensitize about SOP’s during the 2020 / 2021 election campaigns.

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The candidates say that the National Resistance Movement supporters in Northern Uganda, West Nile and in Tororo made processions unabated, albeit without face masks. Other candidates who raised similar complaints are independents John Katumba, Willy Mayambala, Nancy Linda Kalembe, Joseph Kabuleta and Fred Mwesigye. 

But Dr. Andrew Bakainaga, a Public Health Consultant with Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation says Uganda is at a critical stage of community spread where one cannot easily track the source of COVID-19 upon catching the virus, but can spread it also unknowingly. He advises that all 11 presidential candidates should rally their campaign teams to follow the COVID-19 guidelines during campaigns. 

Justice Simon Mugenyi Byabakama, EC Chairman says that if 2021 presidential candidates comply with the stipulated election guidelines, there will be no clashes with police and other law enforcers during their campaign trails. 

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The Constitution requires Parliament to ensure that adequate resources and facilities are provided to the Electoral Commission to enable it effectively discharge its mandate (Art. 66).              

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