Police Warns Against Processions As Parliamentary Candidates Nominations Commence Today

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The Electoral Commission (EC) will today commence the 2-day exercise of nomination of candidates for Parliamentary Elections 2021.

The exercise which was earlier scheduled for 12th and 13th October 2020 was postponed to 15th and 16th October 2020 following presentations from various stakeholders including the Parliament of Uganda.

According to the EC boss Justice Simon Byabakama, the nominations will be conducted at the respective district/city headquarters in all the 146 districts/cities across the country, starting at 9am til 5pm on each day.

Meanwhile security officials in Kampala have warned aspiring parliamentary candidates against holding processions to and from nomination centers.

The Nakawa Resident City Commissioner (RCC) Burora says all the aspirants must follow the Electoral Commission’s guidelines to avoid causing commotion within the city and violating COVID 19 guidelines.

“We shall not allow processions in Nakawa division where the nominations are going to take place for Kampala district. We shall not allow more than four people that have been allowed by the electoral commission and we shall not allow more motorists that will be following the aspirants. However if someone has an intention of not being nominated we encourage that candidate to come with a procession there you will have given us the opportunity to deny you chance of being nominated”

The Kampala Metropolitan Police deputy spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire says police will be on standby to arrest those who will violate the electoral commission nomination guidelines.

“Ofcourse we dont expect to give three, four, five members of parliament the same route and at the same time we expect those aspirants to follow the same guidelines as they are returning as the Nakawa RCC has informed you. We dont expect processions this is also to help us to reduce on the traffic flow.” Said Owoyesigyire

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