The Electoral Commission (EC) has urged police to restrain themselves from blocking presidential candidates from accessing the officially designated venues for their campaigns.
The EC, in a statement released Thursday evening, Justice Simon Byabakama, noted, “presidential candidates have a right to move and access the designated campaign venues, and hold their campaign meetings, in compliance with the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and guidelines issued by the Electoral Commission.
He adds, “Uganda Police is required to ensure that the electoral activity takes place in a peaceful manner and in accordance with the law and guidelines.”
“This is, therefore, to urge you to facilitate the smooth actualisation of this electoral activity, and ensure that there is no disruption and/ or such blocking of the harmonised campaign programme.”
Byabakama says his guidance follows complaints from candidates and continued press reports of candidates being frustrated by Police.
He says, in a statement, “(We) have received some complaints from some presidential candidates and also seen press reports that Uganda Police is blocking and/ or disrupting them (candidates) from accessing scheduled venues for purposes of conducting their respective campaign meetings.
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