Ugandans will go to polls on January 14, 2021, to elect their Members of Parliament, the Electoral Commission has announced.
The electoral body has also gazetted November 9, 2020, to January 12, 2021, as campaign period for all nominated MP candidates.
Addressing news conference this afternoon, the
Electoral Commission chairperson Simon Byakakama said all campaigns should
follow Standard Operating Procedures to guard against the spread of covid-19.
The electoral body last week concluded nominations for candidates aspiring for different positions on local government councils and Parliamentary levels, paving way for campaigns.
The countrywide exercise kicked off with the nomination of LC V chairperson candidates, City and Division Mayors and all administrative units in the local government and their respective councilors.
However, many of the candidates have been barred by the police from carrying out campaigns, asking for a clear roadmap which many of the candidates do not have.
Parliament on Monday asked Electoral Commission to set an election date following incidents of candidates blocked by the police from carrying out campaigns asking for a clear roadmap which many of the candidates do not have.
The MPs argued that there was no reason for Electoral commission to keep poll dates a secret yet section 18 (1) of the parliamentary elections Act, states that EC shall appoint election date after nominations. Ends.