Govt Chief Whip: EC Incapacitated to Curb Early Campaigns

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Without giving names Nankabirwa noted that early campaigning creates a disadvantage for incumbents who have to deal with rivals who hold public campaigns.

The Electoral Commission is still incapacitated to regulate aspiring candidates from holding early campaigns ahead of the 2016 elections, Ruth Nankabirwa, Government Chief Whip has noted.

 
Nankabirwa contenders for various political seats are already engaged in electioneering activities contrary to electoral laws. She says this has, in turn, had a ripple effect on attendance of Parliament committee and plenary meetings, as Members of Parliament have resorted to camping in their constituencies to rally support ahead of the polls.


The Government Chief Whip made the remarks during a dialogue with journalists today. Last week, the Electoral Commission warned former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi against early campaigning, days after he declared his bid for the Presidency.
 
It came after Mbabazi wrote to the Electoral Commission chairman Engineer Badru Kigundu detailing his nationwide consultation program in line with section 3 of the Presidential Election Act 2005.
 
However, the ruling NRM party reacted to the letter accusing the ex-premier of engaging in early campaigns.  Without giving names Nankabirwa noted that early campaigning creates a disadvantage for incumbents who have to deal with rivals who hold public campaigns.
 
She says the EC's capacity should be enhanced to enable them deal with offenders.

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Jotham Taremwa, the EC spokesperson, admits that the commission is still facing challenges in monitoring early campaigns. Taremwa says the Commission currently monitors the campaigns at national level but not political parties.

He says anyone found carrying out early electioneering will be prosecuted.

 

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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.