EC Boss Won’t “Tolerate” Youth Brigades In Kasese Polls


order geneva; font-size: small;”>Kiggundu told press Tuesday in Kampala that the commission had noted that some candidates form and deploy vigilant groups, treatment also known as youth brigades, to ‘protect’ their votes and results at polling stations on polling days.

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Kiggundu noted the increasing participation of groups of individuals claiming to be agents representing interests of their political parties and independent candidates participating in the by-elections including MPs and Cabinet Ministers was interrupting the smooth flow of the election process.

“These mobile ‘agents’ designate themselves as observers; the commission does not regard them as such, because they are not accredited by the Electoral commission,” said Kiggundu.

He added: “While the commission recognizes the place of agents in enhancing transparency in the process and giving credibility to the final results, the commission hereby draws the attention of all political parties and candidates participating in the ongoing by-election to observe the electoral law for accreditation of political parties to observe electoral activities.”

“The commission notifies everybody that other than the voters, polling officials and official Agents, no one is authorized to enter into polling station and tally center without prior accreditation from the Electoral Commission,” warned Kiggundu.

The opposition have in the past deployed hundreds of youth in by-elections to protect what they have termed as the rigging machinery of the NRM which has sparked chaotic scenes in the polls.

“The commission wishes to reiterate that this is the work of Uganda Police. We shall not allow Kanyamas as we saw them in the Jinja and Bukoto South by-elections,” warned Kiggundu.


Meanwhile, the commission has updated the general public concerning the elections and the by-elections programmes that are underway in various electoral areas across the country and progress of by-elections for Kasese District Woman representative.

Kiggundu said the Kasese by-election programme has entered the final week and candidates’ campaign meetings shall end on August 6 while voting will take place two days later.

“The commission appreciates the responsible conduct exhibited by the candidates in the race, and the Uganda Police for securing the Electoral environment,” said Kiggundu.

The EC boss noted he had received notice of withdrawal of Betty Kayezu, independent candidate for the by-elections of Kasese District Woman Representative to Parliament.

The commission says Kayezu’s particulars have not been included on the ballot papers to be used in the by-elections.

Also elections will be held in the district to fill vacant positions existing at local government levels.

In relation to this, the commission has approved the programmes for the by-election of Member of Parliament for Butambala county constituency and Usuk county constituency.

During this by-election the commission will fill positions of sub-county Woman Councilor representing Kitmba Parish and sub-county Woman Councilor representing Bule Parish to Bulo sub-county council.

“With the amendment of laws and government funding, LC1 election will also conducted,” said Kiggundu.


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