The National Electoral Commission on Monday morning met with majority of the 2016 presidential aspirants at their head offices in Kampala.
The aspirants were summoned by the Commission Chairman Eng Badru Kiggundu to iron out the squabbles that have been rising about the elections roadmap.
President Yoweri Museveni was represented by the NRM lawyers Hussein Kashillingi and Edwin Karugire, more about http://cultnews.com/wp-includes/class-simplepie.php while Amama Mbabazi was represented by his lawyers of the Fred Muwema and Company advocates.
During the meeting, store http://clothesthatwork.org/wp-content/plugins/the-events-calendar/common/vendor/composer/autoload_classmap.php a number of aspirants expressed concerns over what they termed as sheer disregard of the EC’s electoral guidelines by some of the so-called big shots.
They were perturbed that aspirants such as President Yoweri Museveni and Hon Amama Mbabazi were already conducting open campaigns which is against the law.
One of the aspirants and former NRA Commander Maj. Gen Benon Biraaro demanded that the EC reigns particularly on President Museveni, sildenafil who he said is misusing his presidential privileges to reach out for support from Ugandans.
“We now don’t know the difference between presidential duties and campaigning especially when it comes to aspirant Yoweri Museveni,” he retorted. “This must be cleared.”
The same concern was raised by other aspirants Buganda Ntege Kyumakyayesu and William Mwesigye who demanded that the EC draws a clear line between campaigning, consultations and Presidential duties.
In his response, the Commission Chairman Eng Kiggundu said he had no justification to restrain what President Museveni says in his rallies up and down the country about his party, noting that he still is the country’s Fountain of Honour.
“You can deny it, but [Museveni] is Fountain of Honour, and besides I have not seen a written letter from him, like all of you, that he is an aspirant,” interjected Eng Kiggundu as the aspirants roared in disagreement.
Gen Biraaro was also distraught that Uganda Police was using offensive methods to foil meetings of some of the aspirants.
Biraaro advised Inspector General of Police Gen Kale Kayihura, who was present at the meeting, to prevent instead of using force to stop said illegal meetings.
“You can give me mileage by the tools you use to block me. I didn’t appreciate the use of air assets because that gives the candidate more publicity,” he added in reference to fighter jets that were unleashed in Soroti town where Amama Mbabazi was holding a consultative meeting with his supporters last week.
Other aspirants in the meeting expressed discomfort with the time the EC allocated them to look for signatures for their nomination, while others revealed a number of flaws on the forms.
While the EC requires that signatories for every candidate in the 75 districts across the country must be cross checked with their national identity cards, the aspirants informed the Commission that most voters are not yet in possession of their IDs.
Their pleas to have signatories use their previous voters’ cards fell of the ECs’s deaf ear, which insisted that the information on the voters cards was generated from the previous 2011 voters register which was retired.