Presidential hopeful and supremo of the People Power movement, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi has today rejected the Electoral Commission decision to steer the country through scientific elections.
In a press conference summoned on Monday June, 22 morning at the People Power movement headquarters in Kamwokya, Bobi strongly lashed out at the Electoral Commission officials led by justice Simon Byabakama whom he accused of inflating the Corona crisis.
While rejecting the newly adopted ‘scientific’ elections, Bobi also accused president Museveni of colluding with the electoral commission under the guise of covid to deny Ugandans a right to participate in a free and fair election.
The generational political liberator made references to other countries like the United States of America which has a spike of over 120,000 deaths but the November elections are to be held in the customary way. Bobi argues that for government of Uganda which has not even registered a single death is simply using covid as an excuse to rig the elections.
Why the scientific elections won’t work
In the previous 2016 polls, nominated candidates for various positions including presidential, legislative and local council seats were 41,427. Uganda by then had about 33 Television stations, 292 radio stations as per the Uganda Communications Commission report of 2019. Assuming that number of media platforms vis a vis candidates still stands for the next polls putting aside the newly coined constituencies each candidate for the 2021 will get an average of 0.47 mins to campaign on radio or TV in the 2 months if they all work 24 hours non-stop. This implies media houses will have to suspend normal programming and the hard news to give politics adequate airplay. Can any candidate campaign for less than one minute and effectively win an election? Besides, most of these media platforms are state owned or belong to prominent ruling party politicians who would not wish to grant airplay to candidates of dissent parties. Normally, RDCs have been stopping opposition politicians from participating in radio talk shows. The same thing is highly predictable in the coming scientific polls.