The Electoral Commission (EC), has issued strict guidelines ahead of the 2021 general Elections. The Commission appealed to political parties and organisations as well as individuals aspiring to contest as independent candidates, to utilise the limited time provided in the revised Roadmap, and prepare to participate in the respective activities.
“The Commission advises political parties and aspiring independent candidates to ensure safe practices during primaries and other preparatory activities. Candidates, their agents and supporters are urged to strictly follow the guidelines on public meetings as issued by the Ministry of Health.” Justice Byabakama said.
On voting, the Commission acknowledged that votes shall be cast personally as has been the norm, only that this time, MoH guidelines shall swing in. Each polling station will be required to observe social distancing, wear face masks in public and regular washing of hands.
The Commission noted that they have considered the need to preserve health of the Citizens vis a vis their (Citizens’) constitutional & democratic right to elect leaders of choice as guaranteed under the Constitution and as such, they have come up with a plan that ensures minimal person-to-person contact during implementation of electoral process, as a measure to control the spread of the coronavirus.
According to Justice Byabakama, the Commission will avail nomination forms on its website that can be printed by those with access to the internet and for those with no access to internet, hard copies will be availed.
“We will only allow an aspiring candidate with only two people; the nominator and a seconder.” The EC Chair observed.
Meanwhile on mass campaigns and rallies, that have been the highlight of the elections, the Commission said those will not be allowed but will be conducted mainly through the media.