The opposition Democratic Party (DP) whose candidate Nobert Mao is among the 11 presidential candidates vying for Presidency, has expressed displeasure with an opinion poll conducted by Vision Group projecting that the incumbent President Yoweri Museveni will win the election.
The poll showed how 11 presidential candidates would have performed if elections we’re conducted last month.
Out of the 5,679 respondents sampled, 64.8% said they would vote for Museveni of National Resistance Movement (NRM), 24.8% for Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine of National Unity Platform (NUP) while 2.9% would vote Patrick Amuriat Oboi of Forum for Democratic Change (FDC).
Out of the 11 presidential candidates, the contest is between the three 3 who according to the poll.
Commenting on poll, the DP presidential candidate Nobert Mao termed it as innaccurate, adding that the poll was conducted at a time when there is an atmosphere of fear in the country and therefore, many of those surveyed may not have spoken the truth.
“I have seen the opinion polls published in the media. Polls are scientific, sometimes, they have got a margin of error. So, they are not 100% accurate,” he said.
“Secondly, sometimes the percentage and the stratification of people surveyed may distort the outcome but we should not also forget that opinion polls are a snapshot of the opinions and attitudes and feelings of voters at a particular moment. Opinion polls change with time. We don’t know what the opinion of Ugandans will be on election day.”
“We believe that there is an atmosphere of fear and many of those surveyed may not have spoken the truth. So, we will wait and see whether the opinion polls will match the actual outcome of the voting process,” he added.
Uganda’s 2021 presidential election is unprecedented in the East African country, with the biggest number of candidates contesting to go to State House.
Other candidates contesting for presidency include Rtd Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu Gregg of Alliance for National Transformation (ANT), Willy Mayambala who is Independent, Joseph Kabuleta (Independent), John Katumba (Independent), Nancy Kalembe Linda (Independent), Fred Mwesigye (Independent) and Lt Gen Henry Tumukunde who is also Independent.
Uganda will go to the polls on January 14, 2021 to choose the next leader.