Kampala, Uganda | URN | President Yoweri Museveni has supported the scientific elections model and rallied Ugandans to do the same.
In his first public address after the release of the revised electoral roadmap, Mr Museveni said that the Electoral Commission (EC) presented three choices to choose from in as far as the 2021 election is concerned.
He said the three choices included the possibility of safely holding conventional elections of mass rallies and processions even in the absence of a vaccine or clear treatment for the virus. According to President Museveni, the commission had also considered the possibility of postponing elections.
The third option was a hybrid that can be used to hold elections on time but safely.
When the Electoral Commission (EC) issued a revised roadmap on Tuesday last week banning mass rallies in favour of candidates using the media for campaigning, it generated immediate opposition from other political players except the NRM.
They said either the Electoral Commission (EC) organizes a normal election or the elections are postponed. Yesterday, Kyaddondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi rejected the proposal saying together with his People Power Movement, they are only going to participate in conventional elections.
Kyagulanyi wondered how the people of Malawi, Burundi and United States of America which is more affected by the pandemic are having normal elections but Uganda without a single death is opting for scientific elections.
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“There was no coronavirus when our consultation meetings were stopped. There was no coronavirus when Museveni personally stopped all our shows, so we must all now be knowing that what Museveni fears are the people,” Kyagulanyi said.
Kyagulanyi accused the president of hiding under the COVID-19 cover to block the opposition from interacting with the masses, in the absence of the Public Order Management Act (POMA).
“There is nothing like a scientific election for us what we are going for is a real election,” Kyagulanyi said.