Religious leaders under the umbrella body Inter Religious Council Uganda (IRCU) have appealed to presidential candidates to concede defeat and refrain from acts of violence after the February 18th general election.
Acting IRCU Chairperson Sheik Ramathan Mubaje told journalists in Kampala that conceding depicts high levels of integrity and respect for democracy.
The call comes just moments to the much anticipated poll in which Ugandans will be electing a President and Members of Parliament.
The race for the presidency attracted eight candidates including; the incumbent Yoweri Museveni, his four time challenger Kizza Besigye, former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi and independent candidates Abed Bwanika, Benon Biraro, Venansius Baryamureeba, Maureen Kyalya and Elton Joseph Mabiriizi,
Mubaje advises all presidential contenders to find a way of working together rather than the common practice of â€œwinner takes it allâ€.
â€œWe would like to lay this burden on presidential candidates to exercise nobility by the winner embracing the others for the stability and development of mother Uganda; and for the losers to concede defeat so that there is peace and harmony after elections.
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Mubaje also appealed to the voters, security officers and aspirants to refrain from provocation and intimidation. He also called upon the electoral commission to conduct the electoral processes with professionalism and fairness.