EC Chairman Insist Mbabazi's Rallies Are Illegal

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Though he admitted that the law is unclear on where places gazetted for consultative meetings, Electoral Commission Chairman Badru Kiggundu, says for as long as an aspirant does not get views of his supporters and holds rallies, then he or she is deviating from the regulations.

Badru Kiggundu, the chairman of the Electoral Commission insists that presidential aspirant Amama Mbabazi, is breaking the law by holding rallies during his consultative meetings.

Kiggundu, speaking to journalists in Kampala today, explains that for as long as Mbabazi, who kicked off his consultative meetings in Eastern Uganda early this week, invites and addresses his supporters in open spaces, it is a violation of the Presidential Elections Act, 2015.

Section 3 of the Act, allows aspiring candidates to carry out consultations through meetings with national delegates, on how to raise funds for campaigns through lawful means, in preparation of the manifesto and other campaign materials as well as carrying out nationwide consultations in preparation for nominations.

Today, Police fired rubber bullets and teargas to disperse a consultative meeting organised by Mbabazi at Kazimingi in Jinja. Mbabazi arrived this afternoon in Jinja from Mbale, where he was scheduled to address meetings on his presidential ambition at Kazimingi and Kakindu Stadium.

Police on Wednesday engaged in running battles with Mbabazi's supporters in Soroti town, as they attempted to stop a rally organised at Sports Ground.

Kiggundu says Mbabazi is holding rallies and not the consultative meetings which he had sought permission to carry out.

Though he admitted that the law is unclear on where places gazetted for consultative meetings, he says for as long as an aspirant does not get views of his supporters and holds rallies, then he or she is deviating from the regulations.

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However, Mbabazi's lawyer, Fred Muwema has threatened to sue the Electoral Commission for interfering in his client's schedule.

Muwema said the Electoral Commission is confusing Mbabazi's consultations for campaigns and that it is erroneous for,  Electoral Commission officials ought to know the law.

 

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Olive Eyotaru
Olive Eyotaru is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Eyotaru has been a URN staff member since February 2015.

Eyotaru started practising journalism while still studying at Uganda Christian University. She was a reporter with Ultimate Media Consult Ltd between 2005 and 2007.

In 2009, Eyotaru joined Monitor Publications Limited, under KFM Radio as a parliamentary and business reporter. Consequently, Eyotaru started writing for the Daily Monitor newspaper until January 2015, when she moved to URN.

She is interested in reporting about politics, health, human rights, business and sports.