Joel Ssenyonyi, the NUP Party Spokesperson, says that they had received complaints from their members especially in Lango, Northern and Western Regions indicating that they are being denied airtime on some media houses to market their programs to voters.
Unity Platform-NUP Party has called for the intervention of the Electoral
Commission following complaints by their members that some media houses
especially in upcountry areas are denying them air space.
Ssenyonyi, the NUP Party Spokesperson, says that they had received complaints
from their members especially in Lango, Northern and Western Regions indicating
that they are being denied airtime on some media houses to market their
programs to voters.
This comes a
few days after a section of the media carried a story indicating that Lango
Radio Owners had decided not to host NUP candidate for fear of losing their
broadcast licenses because of numerous threats from Resident District
Ssenyonyi, there is need for Electoral Commission to come out clearly on the
matter given the fact that they are headed for scientific campaigns because of the COVID-19 pandmic.
"So we would...
...it is okay"//
by some broadcasters to deny candidates radio space contravenes the 2013 Uganda
Communication Commission Act. Recently, UCC issued guidelines, stating
that stations should not turn away candidates running for presidential and
parliamentary seats and that they should accord equal opportunity to candidates
the Lango issue, UCC said candidates who have been denied access and have
evidence of payment should exercise their rights to complain and obtain redress
from the UCC tribunal as provided for under the UCC Act.
Still at the
same press briefing, NUP announced plans to sue individual police officers who
masterminded the raid on its party offices last week.
NUP has contested the raid, which security
says was intended to recover material similar that used by security forces that
was being used by the party members.
insists that for as long as the NUP attire doesn’t bare police or army
insignia, they cannot be called security attires. He challenged them to wear
those berets and overalls they confiscated if indeed they are security
"Police and UPDF...
...within the law"//
Mathias Mpunga, the NUP Vice President for Central region invited police and
army commanders for education on the law if at all that is what is causing the confusion.
He says what makes security attire is the police or army mark and not just the