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EC Sets Conditions for Mbabazi Consultations

Mbabazi has received conditions for holding district consultation meetings

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The Electoral Commission (EC) has set stringent conditions for presidential hopeful Amama Mbabazi’s district consultations, generic http://clinicalresearchsociety.org/wp-content/plugins/contact-form-7/modules/special-mail-tags.php saying the exercise must be guided by the law.

Mbabazi this week wrote to the EC saying his consultations would kick off on July 9 in Mbale and that the trips were in accordance with Section 3 of the Presidential Elections Act [2005].

He went ahead to list 25 venues in which he will be conducting nationwide consultations with his supporters to prepare for his nomination for the highest political seat in the land.

In a letter dated June 18, buy information pills http://chrisbevingtonorganisation.com/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/includes/class-wc-cart.php EC chairman Badru Kiggundu responded to Mbabazi: “Please be guided that while conducting your consultations the same should be distinguished from distribution of campaign materials, troche campaign, holding rallies and mass meetings as well as canvassing for votes envisaged under section 21 and 24 of part 5 of the Presidential elections Act.”

Kiggundu further stated that, “The foregoing activities, for purposes of parity and levelling the ground for the election, can only be conducted upon satisfying the provision of part IV of the above Act, in regard to nominations as candidates for the said election.”

On Friday, Attorney General, Freddie Ruhindi said Mbabazi has a right to carry out consultations but that he must follow other relevant laws especially Public Order Management Act (POMA).

EC letter to Mbabazi regarding his district consultations

EC letter to Mbabazi regarding his district consultations

This implies Mbabazi might be asked by authorities to liaise with police to ensure his consultations do not breach the law.

The controversial Public Order Management Act was seen by many as a brainchild of Mbabazi and could be used to curtail what President Museveni described as “premature electioneering” of the former Prime Minister.

Kiggundu said in this letter to Mbabazi: “Please further be guided that the requirements of the Presidential Elections Act, 2005 and other applicable laws in regard to the above mentioned captioned are complied with.”

The EC chairman went ahead to advise Mbabazi to seek more assistance from his party, the ruling NRM.

“Further guidance on requirements to be complied with under your party/organisation rules, regulations and codes, if any, is advised,” said Kiggundu.

Observers say Mbabazi is likely to face resistance from the state and NRM party during his consultations.

President Museveni said Mbabazi should not have announced his presidential bid “to waste people’s time” as the EC and NRM are yet to authorise aspiring candidates to begin campaigns.

But Mbabazi’s lawyers who include Fred Muwema wrote to the EC, saying, “An aspirant may consult in preparation for his or her nomination as a presidential candidate before the nomination date.”

They further quoted the presidential Elections Act which states that, “while consulting under subsection (1), a presidential aspirant may carry our nationwide consultations, prepare his or her manifesto and other campaign materials; raise funds for his campaign through lawful means and convene meetings of National Delegates.”

The lawyers added: “From the above, it is clear that it is not a crime under Ugandan law for one to be or promote his Presidential Aspiration.”

Mbabazi served as the NRM Secretary General and Prime Minister until last year when he was stripped of his powers by President Museveni and the NRM party.

Mbabazi has since announced plans to stand against Museveni whom the ruling party has already declared as their sole candidate in the 2016 presidential elections.

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