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
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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.
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
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
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.