Gov’t warns candidate over campaign timing

The ICT Minister Judith Nabakooba has on Sunday afternoon said it is not yet time for campaigning.

She made the remarks while addressing the media at the ministry’s weekly press briefing at the Uganda media Center.

“I would like to congratulate all those individuals that got nominated for the various leadership positions. In a special way, I would like to thank those candidates that managed to abide with the existing COVID-19 guidelines especially regarding crowd control,” she said.

She revealed that they have observed that some of those who got nominated immediately took to the campaign trail addressing crowds and holding processions.

“First I would like to inform all candidates and the general public that it is not yet time for campaigning,” said Nabakooba.

She noted that the Electoral Commission (EC) is currently working on a campaign road map that will act as a guide for all candidates.

“The campaign road map is expected to be released soon and candidates are therefore advised to wait for guidance from Electoral Commission,” she said.

The minister further noted that everyone is aware that these elections are being guided by the existing COVID-19 guidelines.

“The guidelines strictly outlaw any activity that brings together crowds.
Most of the activities such as open public campaigns and processions are not acceptable,”

Nabakooba called upon all leaders to lead by example and avoid situations that put people’s lives at risk.

“We must all understand that Uganda has surpassed the 10,000 mark in terms of confirmed cases. Currently our total stands at 10,334 cases and 96 deaths,” she emphasised.

She urged everyon to take a personal decision and say no to COVID-19.

“Let us keep safe and be responsible citizens as we wait for the Electoral Commission to officially announce the campaign dates and program.”

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