Political Intimidation Reported in Ruhama By-Elections

By APN Reporter

Ntungamo

Citizens’ Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda (CCEDU) together with the South Western Institute for Policy and Advocacy (SOWIPA) have reported widespread political intimidation in the Ruhama count7 by-elections slated for Thursday 11th January 2018.

The groups which deployed community observers in the country since 11th December 2017 revealed that there has been widespread intimidation of politicians and voters.

According to CCEDU coordinator Crispen Kaheru, Rweikiniro sub county was the most affected sub county whereinstances of voter bribery; isolated incidents of violence as well as cases of candidates holding campaign meetings beyond 6:00pm, which is in contravention of the Electoral Commission guidelines on campaigning.

Kaheru further revealed that the Citizens’ Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda (CCEDU) together with the South Western Institute for Policy and Advocacy (SOWIPA) are deploying 30 community election observers to the Ruhaama County by-election.

The observers are to be deployed in the 11 Sub Counties of Ruhaama, including: Ntungamo, Itojo, Nyakyera, Ruhaama, Ruhaama East, Rukoni East, Rukoni West, Kafunjo TC, Rweikiniro, Kitwe TC and Rubobo.

He adds that the Observers will be tasked to report on general election administration including opening, polling and closing processes of polling stations; tallying and announcement of results, the conduct of security agencies; the role of media; participation of special interest groups, as well as the immediate aftermath of the by-election.

The seat fell vacant after the death of area MP William Beijukye Zinkuratire (NRM) on 4th November 2017.

The race to replace him has attracted a total of four candidates among them Moses Mugabe Kahima (NRM),Eng. Jackson Mubangizi (Independent),Dr. Penninah Bainomugisha (Independent) and Ms. Vastine Orishaba (Independent).

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