The Uganda Electoral Commission has released the polling dates and campaign time frame for the Parliamentary and Local Government elections 2021.
While addressing journalists and Candidates representatives, the Chairperson of the Electoral Body Justice Simon Byabakama said that campaigns for Members of Parliament and District Woman representatives will kick off on 9th November 2020 and end on 12th January 2021.
Campaigns for City and District Local Government Councils will commence on 9th November 2020 and end on 18th January 2021.
For Municipality/City Division Chairpersons and Councillors, campaigns will commence on 9th November 2020 and end on 23rd January 2021.
Sub County, Towns, Municipal Divisions Chairpersons, and Councillors will campaign between 9th November 2020 and 1st February 2021.
Campaigns shall be conducted between 7.00 am and 6.00 pm in accordance with the harmonized candidates’ campaign programs on those respective days.
Candidates and their agents shall not use or publish any language or defamatory words that insight public disorder, hatred, violence, or which threatens war.
The Commission insists that no public gatherings and rallies shall be allowed although a window of not more than 70 people outdoor meetings have been left as long as they observe the Standard Operating Procedures issued by the Ministry of Health and the Electoral Commission to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
Candidates may also use the community based public address systems commonly known as ‘bizindalo’ in accordance with the harmonized campaign program with the respective returning officers.
After campaigns, the elections for the above have been set.
Elections of Councillors for Elder Persons, Councillors for the Persons with Disabilities, and Youth representatives will be held on 11th January 2021.
Elections for Councillors for Older persons and Councillors for Persons with Disabilities to the Municipalities and Cities will take place on 12th January 2021.
Elections for Members of Parliament and District Representatives will be on 14th January 2021.
The National Conference for the election of Older person’s representatives to parliament will be on 17th and 18th January 2021.
Elections for UPDF representatives to Parliament will be held on 29th January 2021.