All looks to be moving according to plan as per the highly anticipated 2021 general elections as the Electoral Commission will today, Thursday, 22nd October, announce the guidelines under which the upcoming polls will be held.
“Chairperson, Justice Simon Byamukama will address Press this Thursday, Oct. 22 on the period & guidelines for campaigns for MP & Local Govt Councils Elections & appointed polling dates for various elective categories under the 2020/21 election Roadmap,” read a statement issued on their official Twitter account.
As we wait to find out the exact dates the polls will be held, the ground has not been quiet with various stakeholders playing their roles well, with nominations for members of parliament and mayoral candidates concluded. Such has seen the political parties choosing flag bearers to represent them on various levels, a process that brought a lot of scrutinies. The ruling NRM as usual, held their party primaries, an event that did not give us the best of images with various accusations hurled around ranging from vote-rigging to bribery. But all in all, Dr. Tanga Odoi delivered on his assignment.
Just fresh from the court where they got a ruling in their favor, in a case where their registration and legality was being challenged by former leader Mr. Moses Nkonge Kibalama, the National Unity Platform has also selected flag bearers, through their election management committee, to represent them in the polls. The process faced a lot of criticism with supporters feeling left out of the process but this did not stop the Mercy Walukamba led committee from delivering. The Forum for Democratic Change, Democratic Party, and Uganda People’s Congress, and JEEMA have also smoothly gone about their internal processes as they plan to oust Yoweri Kaguta, much as hopes of an opposition coalition are diminishing every other day.
Whatever date the EC sets today, we are certain the presidential ballot will not have a familiar face as FDC strongman Dr. Kizza Besigye pulled out of the race. Party president Patrick Amuriat is set to take up his mantle and represent them in the polls. He will likely face strong opposition in incumbent Yoweri Tibuhabura Museveni and singer cum politician Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu who will carry the NRM and NUP flags respectively.