Museveni, Muntu to collide in Buhweju
Posted Friday, October 25 2013 at 13:29
KAMPALA- President Museveni, also the NRM party chairman, and FDC president Mugisha Muntu will today be in Buhweju District on parallel campaigns for their respective party flag bearers for the district Woman MP by-election.
However, the Electoral Commission (EC) yesterday warned of a recipe of chaos after Ms Oliver Koyekyenga (NRM) and Ms Jane Frida Bwiruka (FDC) both scheduled their rallies in Kalungu Sub-county.
In a telephone interview, Mr Ponsiano Kasenene, the returning officer for Buhweju, said the electoral body had not decided on which candidate to move to another location.
Mr Kasenene said: “So far the process is moving well until Thursday next week when the votes will be cast. We are finalising to pack the [voting] equipment that will be used.”
Ms Alison Byamukama (Independent) is the third candidate. The woman representative seat fell vacant following the death of Joy Kariisa Arinaitwe last month.
Recently, the Citizens’ Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda (CCEDU) trained 22 community observers to monitor the campaigns, voting and the post-election environment in the by-election set for October 31.
“During the campaign period, observers will monitor candidates’ adherence to the set campaign time frames, speech content with a view of deterring hate-speech, candidates’ observance of the campaign schedules and calendar, as well as tolerance amongst competing political parties, candidates and supporters,” said the CCEDU statement.
Meanwhile, the EC yesterday said it has finalised updating village registers for the Bukanga County by-election and they are organising to display them from November 4 to 13. The nominations will be done on November 5 to 6 and elections are slated for 26.
The Bukanga seat fell vacant following the death of Gregory Matovu last month. The Democratic Party has nominated Shaffik Dembe as their flag bearer while NRM and FDC are yet to nominate their candidates.