Election 2016

EC Warns Besigye Over Defiance Campaign

EC Boss Badru Kiggundu

The Electoral Commission Chairperson Eng Badru Kiggundu has warned of “tough consequences” should FDC Presidential Candidate Dr Kizza Besigye proceed with a call for the defiance strategy in his campaigns.

Kiggundu said Besigye’s decision to rally voters to defy laws that guide the electoral process is sowing seeds of anarchy.

“The commission has noted with concern the consistent calls by candidate Kizza Besigye for defiance as a campaign strategy, more about buy more about http://cutteraviation.com/wp-admin/includes/options.php ” said Kiggundu.

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“This kind of campaign is likely to have serious impact on the conduct of peaceful campaigns and elections, visit ask http://cssassociation.org/system/modules/subcolumns/languages/de/modules.php ” Kiggundu further cautioned during a press conference at the EC headquarters in Kampala on Wednesday morning.

Besigye has in recent weeks said his campaign is not about compliance but defiance. He has also warned that rigging the election will meet stiff resistance from his supporters.

However, Kiggundu today condemned “this kind of conduct and hereby warns Dr Besigye, his agents and supporters, to desist from taking this path but instead conduct the campaign in accordance with the law.”

Asked what action would be taken in case Besigye remained defiant, Kiggundu observed: “We warn you, once or twice. On the third occasion, we have always acted. He should not blame me for the consequences.”

Kiggundu said, “Candidates or their agents must not use or publish any foul language or defamatory words which incite public disorder, hatred, violence or which threatens war.”

Flanked by EC Secretary Sam Rwakoojo, publicity boss Jotham Taremwa and a senior police official, Kiggundu also warned on defacing candidates’ posters saying offenders risk being jailed. The EC chairman used the platform to distance himself from media reports that he said the commission of today is different from the one of 2006.

“This has created an impression that the Commission did not announce the winner in 2006, which is very wrong,” said Kiggundu.

“I wish to state that the statement attributed to me was not correct. The Commission has always announced the winning candidate at each elective level; this has always been the case in all elections we have organised and it will be the case in 2016.”

On delays in handing the voters’ register to presidential candidates, Kiggundu said the data will soon be availed to them. The EC Secretary Sam Rwakoojo explained the controversy in the printing of ballot papers, saying complaints by companies seeking the deal are being handled administratively. He wondered how a competing firm can question the competence of the rival company during the bidding and procurement process.

Rwakoojo promised that the issue would be resolved amicably. Roadmap Kiggundu rolled out the election roadmap for several elective positions.

Elections for LC V chairpersons and directly elected councilors; Lord Mayor and KCCA councilors will be held on February 24, 2016. Polls for Councilors for PWDs, older persons and Youth to District Councils and KCCA will be conducted on February 26.

The nomination of candidates for Parliamentary elections will be conducted on December 2-3, 2015 at the respective EC district offices across the country starting at 9:00am and ending at 5:00pm.

Aspirants are expected to pay a non-refundable fee of Shs 3,000,000 in any commercial bank. Nomination for MPs representing PWDs will be held on February 21-22, 2016 at EC headquarters.

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