Parliamentary Campaigns Start Monday - EC

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The Electoral Commission has set 4th-6th December as the dates for the harmonization of candidates campaign programmes. Campaigns will start on 7th December to 16th February.

The Electoral Commission has set Monday 7th December for the start of official campaigns of candidates for Members of Parliament.

According to the Electoral Commission chairperson, Dr. Badru Kiggundu, the District Registrars will use 4th-6th December to harmonize candidates' campaign programmes. 

The campaigns that start on Monday will then continue until 16th February, 2016, two days to the polling day for presidential and parliamentary elections. Kiggundu says the candidates should be responsible and respect the law during campaign time.

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This follows the nomination of thousands of parliamentary hopefuls that took place on Wednesday and Thursday across the country.

The commission has also set aside 15th to 23rd December, to allow for parliament to attend to national issues. 
Kiggundu has also warned the candidates and their supporters from activities that endanger the environment like cutting down of trees and tree branches and littering streets. 
The harmonization of campaign programs of candidates for parliamentary seats within Kampala has been going on. 
Masaka Returning Officer, Nathan Nabaasa on Friday morning warned parliamentary candidates in the district to stop campaigning until they have harmonized their campaign programs. 


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