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Katikkiro Mayiga Points to Lacuna in 2021 Election Roadmap

Mayiga said that the Electoral Commission would have first engaged political stakeholders before issuing the revised road map.
29 Jun 2020 20:21
Charles Peter Mayiga Katikkiro of Buganda

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The Katikkiro of Buganda Kingdom Charles Peter Mayiga has said that the absence of prior consultation on the 2021 revised election roadmap could spark several litigations and portray the electoral body as partisan.      

The caution was in reference to a roadmap released early this month by the Electoral Commission Chairman Justice Simon Byabakama Mugenyi. Through the roadmap, the commission announced a ban on open-air campaigns and instead, advised all political contenders to utilise digital platforms to reach their electorate.        

The move was mainly to ensure that Ugandan's practice Social distancing, one of the measures that have been recommended by scientists as ideal for limiting face-to-face contact with others and keeping coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at bay.      

Mayiga said that the Electoral Commission would have first engaged political stakeholders before issuing the revised road map. He was this afternoon addressing Buganda Lukiiko as the Kingdom unveiled its 109 billion Shillings budget for the financial year 2020/2021.

Luganda //Cue in; “twawulidde nti…   

Cue out…kubuli muntu.”//         

In the aftermath of the unveiling of the roadmap, political players equally expressed strong opposition over the failure by the Commission to consult them. But in response, the Electoral Commission Chairman Justice Simon Byabakama said that there was no need for consulting political parties prior to releasing the revised electoral road map.  

Byabakama noted that under Section 12 of the Electoral Commission Act, they are required to ensure that candidate's campaign in an orderly and organized manner. He emphasized that it is the duty of the EC to direct how candidates will campaign since it is an independent body obliged to do its work without influence from anybody. 

Specifically addressing the argument of the Commission’s failure to consult stakeholders, Byabakama told URN that the Constitution stipulates that the exercise of the EC functions shall not be subject to the control or authority of any person. 

“When we were rolling out the road map in 2018, it was the handwork of the Commission as required by the Constitution. When we are revising this road map in the context of the prevailing circumstances, it is the work of the Commission,” he said. 

He explained that it was not necessary to consult political parties before releasing the revised roadmap since the political parties even find it difficult to generate consensus for their internal issues.  

But according to Mayiga, lack of consultation is likely to portray the commission as partisan yet there is a need for a clear electorate process.   

Luganda //Cue in; “era akakiiko… 

Cue out…abantu bonna.”//

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