Electoral Commission Summons Presidential Aspirants Over Campaigns

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Electoral Commission meets 2016 Presidential aspirants on Monday in effort to enforce guidelines on consultative meetings.Attorney General, Freddy Ruhindi defends Police and EC stand on Amama Mbabazi rallies.

Electoral Commission is summoning Presidential aspirants in effort to enforce guidelines against early campaigns.
Electoral Commission chairperson, Dr. Badru Kigunda says he will meet all the Presidential aspirants on Monday to remind them about the guidelines for consultative meetings.
He says it has been noted that former Prime Minister, John Patrick Amama Mbabazi is holding rallies instead of consultations as per the guidelines issued to him and other aspirants.
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Dr. Kiggundu who held a press conference in the presence of Attorney General, Freddy Ruhindi and Inspector General of Police, Kale Kayihura said he will not relent to enforce the law as it is.
Meanwhile, General, Kale Kayihura wondered why Amama Mbabazi and his team was not abiding with the Public Order Management law and the Presidential Elections Act during the consultations.
Kayihura says apart from Amama Mbabazi,other aspirants have acted within the law by holding indoor  consultations.
He says all the consultations must be held in confined places so that police can regulate and provide adequate security to both the aspirant and those being consulted.
Kayihura says any purported consultations held in disregard of the Electoral Commission guidelines will be blocked by police until when a period for open campaigns is declared.

Attorney General, Freddy Ruhindi said police and the Electoral Commission are acting within the confines of the law by restricting the consultations to meetings held indoor.
Ruhindi says the candidates must wait until they are nominated by the commission to start engaging in public rallies.The warning comes amidst confrontations between Amama Mbabazi, his supporters and the police.