Addressing journalists at their headquarters, Sandra Komuhimbo, the UWONET Research Knowledge and Advocacy Manager, says it is important for Electoral Commission to think through on how to manage cyber violence including bullying and harassment and how they will be able to truck and arrest the perpetrators.
Uganda Women’s Network-UWONET has tasked Electoral
Commission to address the anticipated cyber violence especially targeting women
during the virtual 2021 election campaigns.
According to the revised roadmap of 2021
elections issued by Electoral Commission, all candidates are expected to use
digital platforms for campaigning because of the Covid19 pandemic.
Addressing journalists at their headquarters, Sandra
Komuhimbo, the UWONET Research Knowledge and Advocacy Manager, says it
is important for Electoral Commission to think through on how to manage cyber
violence including bullying and harassment and how they will be able to truck
and arrest the perpetrators.
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She explained that “it’s
important that as a country we are able to put measures through the Electoral Commission
together with police and this will require adequate implementation and budgets
towards ensuring the curbing down the bullying, harassment that will happen
online during the elections.”
Angella Assimwe, a representative of Voice Consults Limited
Company, said it will not be free and fair virtual elections in 2021 once the female
candidate and voter’s rights are violated through cyber harassment, acts that
are always done by computer hackers on digital platforms like Facebook among
Jotham Taremwa, the Electoral Commission Public Relations
Officer informed URN that cyber violence is now the emerging issue that the
needs time to address before the elections start.
Perry Aritua, the Executive Director of Women’s Democracy in
Uganda complained on the number of political talk shows held in the night,
which isn’t favorable for women due to insecurity.
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She asked the Electoral commission to put in place measures
to ensure the safety of women while campaigning on radio and televisions.
Electoral Commission has set between Jan 10th and Feb 8th,
2021 as the polling for the 2021 elections.
According to the roadmap, political parties should
have held primaries for their candidates between June 22 and July 21. The nominations
of candidates for local government elections including the Special Interest
Groups is scheduled between September 7 to 17.
Nominations for parliamentary elections will be
held between October 12 to 13. While presidential nominations will be held
between November 2. Parliamentary campaigns will be held between October 20 to
January 8 whereas presidential campaigns, which will also be digital will be
held between November 10 to January 8, 2020.