Posters and banners belonging to contestants such as Presidential candidate Patrick Amuriat Oboi of FDC, Robert Mugabi of Alliance for National Transformation - ANT and Lyandro Komakech of Democratic Party – DP, Caesar Rubangakene of National Unity Platform – NUP were defaced and confiscated.
Opposition candidates in Gulu plan to seek legal redress against
the ruling National Resistance Movement party supporters over allegations of
defacing their campaign posters.
Posters and banners belonging to contestants such as Presidential candidate
Patrick Amuriat Oboi of FDC, Robert Mugabi of Alliance for National
Transformation - ANT and Lyandro Komakech of Democratic Party – DP, Caesar
Rubangakene of National Unity Platform – NUP were defaced and confiscated.
On Sunday night, several posters of opposition candidates were defaced
and replaced with those of President Yoweri Museveni. Several of the posters
were also destroyed and sold as wood to local restaurants.
Ronald Latim, an FDC mobilizer in Gulu City West Division disclosed to URN that
they trailed the vandals and were arrested in a restaurant along Auma Norah
Lane in Gulu City East Division but he was released after they arraigned him to
Gulu Central Police Station - CPS.
Latim explains that the posters destroyed belonged to Christopher
Acire, the Gulu City Mayoral candidate and Betty Aol Ocan, the Gulu City Woman
MP aspirant among others. The case was recorded at the CPS vide SD: Ref
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Ocan, who also doubles as the Leader of Opposition in Parliament indicated they
are reaching out to all opposition candidates affected so that they pursue
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Tony Kitara, an advocate in Gulu City who is also contesting for
Gulu City West Division Parliamentary seat under independent ticket says
defacing of campaign posters for candidates nominated by the Electoral
Commission tantamount to an electoral offense.
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Francis Okello Odoki, an NRM party official disputed the
allegations being levied against his party arguing that such have been the
tactics of the opposition politicians to discredit the NRM in search for
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Some of the youth who were pinning President Museveni’s posters
along Market Street, Airfield Road, Kampala Road and Sir Samuel Baker Road
among others admitted to URN that they removed all the opposition campaign
materials displayed in Gulu City to create space for the President.
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Gulu District Returning Officer Benson Obette said he was yet to receive any
formal complaints from the aggrieved candidates but advised them to report the
matter to police for further investigations.
The Parliamentary Elections Act 2005 Section 82 (2) prohibits defacing of
campaign posters. The law prescribes one-year imprisonment or a fine of 20
currency points or both for any culprit caught doing so.