A number of players have come out to condemn the Uganda Electoral Commission criticizing the body for the uneven treatment of the presidential candidates during their campaign trails.
In response, the Electoral Commission boss, Justice Simon Byabakama wrote a letter to the Uganda Police force through the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Okoth Ochola instructing the law keepers to ensure that each candidate has smooth campaign meetings with no disruptions.
While appearing at NBS Television’s morning program, The Morning Breeze today, Justice Byabakama cautioned that being a presidential candidate doesn’t place the individuals above the law. He pointed out that the Police cannot be eliminated from the electoral police as their role, to ensure law and order, is vital more so during the process.
Justice Byabakama also commended the National Resistance Movement flag bearer and incumbent, President Yoweri Tibuhabura Museveni for observing the guidelines set by the electoral body.
“Have you seen the president (Museveni) addressing mass rallies? People gather along the road waiting for him, but he drives through them,”Simon Byabakama, Uganda Electoral Commission Boss
He however said that the commission still raises complaints tot he NRM as some of their other candidates and agents are not adhering to the SOPs.
He urged candidates and their agents to communicate regularly to the EC whenever their campaign meetings are blocked or disrupted or face any other issues.
“I am not God to know what is happening to all of you. You have to communicate. The only group that consistently communicates is Robert Kyagulanyi’s. We told them, if there are any issues on the campaign trail, they should inform the EC. We even gave them the hotline,”Simon Byabakama, Electoral Commission Boss