Forum for Democratic Change’s (FDC) Presidential Flag bearer Patrick Oboi Amuriat has turned down the summons by the Electoral Commission (EC) where he was expected to respond to his handling of campaigns.
Amuriat and Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu of the National Unity Platform (NUP) were last week summoned by EC Chairperson Justice Simon Byabakama for supposedly violating Covid-19 Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in the course of campaigning.
However, yesterday, both failed to show up opting to send representatives which prompted the electoral body to reschedule the meetings.
However, while addressing journalists at Mountain Inn in Mbale, Amuriat said if EC badly needed to meeting, they should find ways doing it without getting him off the campaign trail.
“If the Electoral Commission want to have a real conversation with me, they can either find me in the field where we can spend an hour. At least we can take off an hour rather than spend the entire day travelling,” he said.
“But also with modern technologies, they can find me on zoom. We can have a Zoom meeting and agree,” Amuriat added.
Furthermore, he wondered why EC is interested in meeting him personally and yet the secretariat can singlehandedly handle this matter.
“I am not a candidate on my own. I am a candidate sponsored by the FDC. A few days ago, my Secretary General did respond to a request for me to appear in person. He even gave an option of the Electoral Commission meeting with us somewhere in Karamoja where we were,” Amuriat disclosed.
As such, Amuriat vowed not to appear until a consensus is reached.
“They should not be the ones to command us to wherever they want us to go. They should really be kind to candidates just like the way they want us to seek us,” he retorted.