The Electoral Commission (EC) has set January 14, 2021, as the election day for the President. The same date was earlier announced as the polling date for Members of Parliament.
The date was declared just a day after the conclusion of nominations for presidential candidates, a race which attracted 11 candidates. These include the Incumbent Yoweri Museveni, Musician Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, Gregg Mugisha Muntu, Patrick Amuriat Oboi, Former Security Minister Henry Tumukunde, Nobert Mao, Joseph Kabuleta, Nancy Kalembe, Willy Mayambala, Fred Mwesigye and John Katumba.
According to a programme released by the ECchairman, Justice Simon Byabakama, candidates will be allowed to campaign between November 9, 2020, and January 12, 2021.
The commission also maintained that while the campaign period is opening for all nominated candidates, processions and public or mass rallies remain banned following the measures and guidelines put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“The Commission urges all nominated candidates, their agents, supporters and the general public to carefully observe the guidelines that have been issued by the Electoral Commission for this campaign period,” Byabakama said.
Candidates will, however, be allowed to organise campaign meetings, in a regulated manner, preferably outdoors, with limited attendance of a maximum of 70 persons, to enable the observance of the 2-meters social distancing rule for the persons attending the meeting.
But, the commission demands, that candidates and venue owners must ensure that the venues are provided with hand washing facilities and sanitizers and that the supporters attending the campaign meetings wear face masks at all time while accessing and exiting the meeting venue.