The opposition Forum
for Democratic Change-FDC party says it will
continue engaging with Electoral Commission to reverse its proposal requiring
candidates to hold virtual campaigns.
This stems from a revised roadmap for the 2021 elections
issued by Electoral Commission indicating that candidates will campaign
virtually in the wake of the Covid19 pandemic.
The Health Ministry banned public gatherings
such as political rallies, congregational prayers, mass funerals and weddings
as part of the Covid19 prevention measures.
John Kikonyogo, the Deputy FDC party
spokesperson, says they have reached out to EC to reverse its decision on the
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He also wonders whether Electoral
Commission has the mandate to determine how candidates reach out to voters.
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Kikonyogo says the party hasn’t yet decided on whether to
hold its primaries scientifically, arguing that there is still hope for holding
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Other opposition parties are yet to decide on
how to proceed with the proposed virtual campaigns and scientific polls. Both
DP and the ruling National Resistance Movement-NRM parties are yet to declare
their positions on the same.