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Lukwago's Supporters Campaigning on Voting Day

Donning a white T-shirt with inscriptions, "Rule of law" in the back and "Basajja mwe Mujooga," in the front, Hadija Kairebwa, one of the supporters stood in a strategic spot, targeting voters from the roadside, a few metres from a polling centre at Kyambogo Primary School.
20 Jan 2021 15:28
One of the Supporters of Erias Lukwago found campaigning on the voting day.

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Supporters of Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago have been spotted campaigning at one of the polling stations in Nakawa Division.

Donning a white  T-shirt with inscriptions, "Rule of law" in the back and "Basajja mwe Mujooga," in the front, Hadija Kairebwa, one of the supporters stood in a strategic spot, targeting voters from the roadside, a few metres from a polling centre at Kyambogo Primary School.

Kairebwa, an employee of Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA said that only Lukwago has tried to advocate for their wellbeing at city hall, a reason she is inclined to campaign for him, even on polling day. She started the campaign at 5 a.m. and thinks that she has been able to persuade about 100 people to vote for Lukwago.

But this is against the law, and also contravenes guidelines issued by the Electoral Commission. Apart from stopping campaigns in Kampala, the Electoral Commission advised that all campaign activities should stop two days before polling day. Similarly, the electoral laws do not allow voters to appear at polling Stations donning attires with symbols, slogans or pictures of the candidates.

//Cue in; tebagenda okukasazamu kubanga..

Cue out... oyo Lukwago."//

Police  recently said that they would not allow the display of campaign symbols,  literature and political attire such as t-shirts and caps at any polling station. Police spokesperson Fred Enanga said that wearing political attire to the polls is considered campaigning.

However, a section of other people challenged the move.  Judith Aporo, one of the area residents says that campaigning on polling day reflects badly on the candidate, and can also be used to challenge the outcome of the process.

Another voter Steven Japakyo says that such a campaign is a waste of time because a last-minute chat of this nature cannot force him to change his choice.

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