Live radio campaigns by different contestants on local FM radios
have stimulated excitement among voters in the East Acholi region.
The weekly joint on-air debates are being hosted and moderated by
radio presenters on Mighty Fire FM; Tembo FM and Peace FM in Kitgum
In June, the Electoral Commission banned campaign rallies and asked all
candidates to campaign through various forms of media following the outbreak of
the covid-19 pandemic.
Francis Watum, Mighty Fire’s Programs Director says that the live
radio debates provide a levelled podium for electorates to hold their leaders
accountable, interact and weigh their abilities before casting their votes in
Denis Ouma, Peace FM’s Talk Show Host says that the debates have helped
avoid disunity among the candidates, personal attacks, hate speech and
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Jane Atim, a resident of Madi
Opei Sub-County in Lamwo District applauded the on-air joint campaigns on
radios for fostering unity and team building. She says that it has brought a
sense of scrutiny to political discourse by the candidates, where electorates
get answers from aspirants.
Leonora Adee a voter in Dure Central village, Latanya Sub County
in Pader says these virtual modes of campaigns have helped reduce on voter
bribery. He says that in the past, the candidates were always subjected by
voters to offer some inducements after holding public campaign rallies.
Thomas Akena, another listener based in Kitgum municipality, says
the live radio debates have helped inform their choices before the elections as
candidates compete and strive to delve on social service delivery during the
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Several candidates observed that the digital campaign platform is
cost-effective and grants the best avenue to reach out to hundreds of voters
who use the radio.
The debates have also not gone without drama for the listeners as
many candidates have been grilled by moderators over controversial past
scandals, while others have remained silent after failing to articulate their