The Alliance for National Transformation party presidential nominee, Maj. Gen. Mugisha Muntu has tasked the Electoral Commission to consider adding presidential candidates extra four months campaign time as he stresses these four months are to little to canvass for votes all over the country. Muntu says the time is too little to traverse all over the 145 districts of Uganda

“We ask the Electoral Commission to bring the presidential campaigns to 4 months forward,” Muntu stresses. “There’s no way a presidential candidate can run over the country in 140 districts for 90 days yet a Member of Parliament has 120 days for just one constituency,” he adds.

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Paul Bukenya, the EC mouthpiece however says Muntu’s cries are unnecessary. He says the reason they nominate the local council aspirants prior to presidential candidates is the fact that they (local council candidates) are more than the presidential candidates. “For all the elections we have held before, there is no candidate who has ever traversed all districts. We urge them to use their agents to campaign for them where they can reach,” Bukenya says.

”We are not even using traditional rallies as case has been so it’s better for the candidates to use other means,” he adds.

According to the EC road map, the presidential nominations will kick off on 3rd and 4th of November and the campaigns are to last for a period of 90 days and these are to be held scientifically. Candidates are restrained from holding mass rallies unlike in the previous elections. The EC justifies the modification to scientific polls on grounds that it suits the Ministry of health guidelines on covid.

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