Robert Mayombwe, a voter from Kiwenda in Wakiso district says that for the presidential and constituency debates to be understood, the people need to know what the politicians are promising to deliver when elected in 2021.
Voters and politicians want the presidential and constituency
debates translated into the local languages.
The voters and politicians think the debates are elitists, meant for the urban
voters, but the rural people don’t stand to understand or benefit from the
This year’s debate will be themed under National values and diversity,
political consensus, constitutionalism and rule of law, inclusive economy,
quality service delivery and implementation, land justice, environment and
natural resources and regional integration.
Robert Mayombwe, a voter from Kiwenda in Wakiso district says that for the
presidential and constituency debates to be understood, the people need to know
what the politicians are promising to deliver when elected in 2021.
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Nancy Linda Kalembe, an Independent presidential candidate says by using English
only, it is useless to organise the debates when the majority of the voters are
in rural areas with some not understanding English.
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The Inter-Religious Council of Uganda, together with The Elders Forum Uganda
(TEFU), Inter-Party Organization for Dialogue (IPOD), the National Consultative
Forum (NCF) and the Independent Electoral Commission will again organize the
Presidential debate during this election cycle. They will also organize debates
in selected constituencies and cities.
The candidates’ debates provide a balanced space for all presidential
candidates to sell their agenda to all Ugandans and make a commitment to fair
and violence-free 2020/21 general elections.
Joshua Kitakule, the IRCU Secretary-General believes the presidential and
constituency debates are going to be organized in a more efficient way for all
Ugandans to benefit.
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Innocent Nahabwe, the Deputy Chairman National Association of Broadcasters
(NAB) they are yet to agree with the electoral commission and Uganda
Communications Commission (UCC) on how to cover the 2021 presidential and
constituency debates and general elections as private broadcasters.
Nahabwe says if the electoral commission and Uganda Communications
Commission (UCC) harmonize the issues presented like funding then the
presidential and constituency debates would be easily aired on local radio
stations across the country.
There will be two rounds of Presidential candidates debates with
four sessions. The first presidential debate will be held on December 4th and
5th 2020 followed by the second on January 2nd and 3rd 2020. Regional
constituency debates will be organized in selected constituencies and cities.
The convening organizations will communicate suitable venues and dates for
constituency and city debates.
The Presidential Debate will be organized by the Inter-Religious Council of
Uganda (IRCU), The Elders Forum of Uganda (TEFU), Inter-Party Organization for
Dialogue (IPOD), and the National Consultative Forum (NCF).