Amid heated legal gymnastics over presidential aspirants’ rights to conduct public rallies during their consultative meetings, salve http://danielborda.net/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-plugin-install-list-table.php the Electoral Commission has said the activity should be distinguished from campaigning.
“These consultations, price http://consolibyte.com/scripts/build/build_20130621/quickbooks.php however, should be distinguished from distribution of campaign materials, campaigns, holding rallies and mass meetings and canvassing/soliciting for votes envisaged under Sections 21 and 24 of Part V of the Presidential Elections Act,” said Eng Badru Kiggundu in his statement issued on Wednesday night.
Presidential aspirant and former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi has since conducted public rallies in Mbale, Kapchorwa and Soroti, pulling large crowds.
His lawyers say the law does not stop him from making consultations in the public areas and that police granted him permission to conduct rallies.
Below is Kiggundu’s statement on the unfolding political developments in the country:
Guidance to all Presidential Aspirants Conducting Consultative Meetings
The Electoral Commission started issuing nomination forms to aspiring Presidential candidates on 17th August 2015, and the exercise is ongoing.
A number of aspirants have already collected the forms and have embarked on consultative meetings to obtain the required signatures in preparation for nomination.
Section 1 of the Presidential Elections Act, 2005 defines an aspirant to mean a person intending to stand as a candidate during election for the office of the President.
A candidate under the Presidential Elections Act, means a person duly nominated as a candidate for a Presidential Election, under Section 10.
According to the Electoral Commission’s Election Roadmap, campaigns for the various elective positions, Presidential Elections inclusive, as guided by law commences after the Electoral Commission has duly nominated candidates for the respective elective offices.
However, Section 3 of the Presidential Elections Act, 2005, enjoins aspiring candidates to carry out consultations in preparation for nominations and the aspirant may:
- carry out nation-wide consultations;
- prepare his or her manifesto and other campaign materials;
- raise funds for his or her campaign through lawful means;
- convene meetings of national delegates.
While consulting, the aspirant is required to introduce himself or herself to the Electoral Commission and notify the relevant Local Council and the Police of the area to which he or she goes.
It should be noted that Section 3 of the Presidential Elections Act, 2005, provides for aspirants to consult, activities involved inclusive, in preparation for nominations.
These consultations, however, should be distinguished from distribution of campaign materials, campaigns, holding rallies and mass meetings and canvassing/soliciting for votes envisaged under Sections 21 and 24 of Part V of the Presidential Elections Act.
The Electoral Commission advises all aspirants to comply with the requirements of the Presidential Elections Act, 2005 and other applicable laws in regard to undertaking the consultative activities.
Eng. Dr. Badru M. Kiggundu
Chairperson, Electoral Commission
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