The incumbent and NRM flag bearer for next year’s general elections says there will be no need to postpone general elections in Uganda since, “we cannot postpone life” and proposes cautiously persevering through this COVID-19 era, as a country.
Following the tough times brought about by the pandemic, there have been calls from several groups and individuals, to postpone elections, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the President insists that it will not be necessary.
In a tweet as he was leaving the Karamoja region for Teso, Museveni said; “Some people were saying we postpone elections because of #Covid19 but we cannot postpone life. Once a problem comes, we have to find a way of dealing with it. Just like we have dealt with AIDS, Ebola, we can deal with Corona as long as people are not reckless and follow the SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures).”
“Gathering large numbers of people in this pandemic period will cause more infections and death, and while many have healed from Corona, some have died,” he said.
Much as the President has not been holding rallies, some of his competitors for the country’s biggest office have been doing so, which led to the arrest of Presidential candidates; Robert Kyagulanyi of the National Unity Platform (UNP) and FDC’s Patrick Amuriat on Wednesday, November 18, 2020.
Earlier this year, the Electoral Commission (EC) noted that it is not within its powers to postpone general elections in the country.
When responding to questions about calls for postponing the election to give all candidates a fair chance in light of the COVID-19 era, where they can hold physical campaigns, the EC boss, Justice Simon Byabakama said,
“The option of postponing the election has not even occurred to us as a commission because it is not in our mandate. The EC is guided by the Constitution Article 61 Clause 2 and unless that is changed by those who are mandated to, we have to comply.”– Justice Simon Byabakama