The embittered chairperson of the Electoral Commission, justice Simon Byabakama has this morning threatened to postpone the youths elections or declare seats vacant should the voters insist on voting candidates of Bobi Wine’s National Unity Platform party.
Speaking at a presser held this morning, Byabakama told the public that he was displeased with what ensued yesterday across polling stations around the country. “As the EC, we hereby warn all the youths that should they repeat what they did yesterday, I have no choice but pronounce their areas vacant,” Byabakama warns. “Places which will continue to unleash violence will never have leaders because I will not incur extra costs to spend on those elections again,” he adds.
The Electoral roadmap kicked off yesterday with the election of the special interest group leaders where the youth elections also categorically fall. Preliminary results showed that Bobi’s NUP was highly triumphant at most of the polling stations. For the very first time in electoral history in Uganda, the opposition parties have given NRM a bloody nose in the once abandoned youth elections. Earlier in the recent years, several young people did not even know that they are constitutionally responsible to participate in the youth elections. “I never knew about these elections till yesterday. I think we now have more reasons to appreciate the Bobi Wine factor in Ugandan history,” remarks Buule Philip, the victor chairperson candidate in Nansana youth polls.