The decision by the Electoral Commission (EC) to ban mass campaigns and face-to-face interactions between aspirants and voters, and putting emphasis on digital campaigns and later a scientific general elections for 2021 has met wider verbal criticisms.
According to Kampala Lord Mayor aspirant Joseph Mayanja aka Dr Jose Chameleone, Museveni is only diverting opposition forces by circulating the myth of digital elections as he prepares him self for the forthcoming elections.
‘Digital Campaigns won’t work, they are a diversion and a baseless myth.
“I’m surprised that the electoral commission can make such impotent proposals towards elections – the most important public event in the country” He raged.
“Elections are one of the most volatile issues of Uganda since independence, how can Justice Simon Mugenyi Byabakama, a justice of the high court, fail to understand that, for him to make such a mockery on our stability” said Chameleone.
Jose Chameleone’s statement issued on his facebook page.
Brothers and Sisters
I want to address the myth of Digital Election.
Digital Campaigns won’t work, they are a diversion and a baseless myth.
I’m surprised that the electoral commission can make such impotent proposals towards elections – the most important public event in the country.
Elections are one the most volatile issues of Uganda since independence, how can Electoral Commission make such a mockery on our stability.
Ugandans want change,they have been patiently waiting for it for 35 years.
All Ugandans want is a process as clean and fair as possible.To stop this, You must have powerful reasons.
The issue of COVID 19 cant be compared to our election history.It is a pandemic that is curable, and soon, it will be history. We know that at an international level, breakthroughs are being made to arrest it. Therefore, while we remain conscious, we can not live in fear permanently. COVID will catch you, don’t go to work, don’t go to pray, don’t do this, don’t do a normal election is not sustainable.
Election outcomes led to death of thousands of people in Luwero, up to now Luwero has not recovered, yet even families that lost people to AIDS have slowly recovered. So the cost of a vote, badly managed could be too huge for us.
I want to ask Electoral Commission a few things:
1. How are you going to enforce this proposal? Because people are going to defy it. Do you have the capacity to stop public campaigns in every village of Uganda with numerous candidates without blowing up this country?
2. Do you think we can hold an election without risks? Do you think COVID is more risky than a bad election? There will always be a trade-off of risks. Some risks are heavier than others.
I therefore propose that we instead dialogue with all different parties and have a workable balance before its too late.
I also think government’s approach towards the COVID 19 pandemic needs to be revised to a proactive style, let’s be alert, let face this disease, we cant hide in our caves all the time.
I have talked to people in arcades, they are suffering. We can’t pray, why? Can’t churches practice social distancing? Our children are losing time at home, why? We must be proactive. Let’s prepare to face this disease head on.