The Electoral Commission has insisted on meeting in person, the presidential candidates Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine of National Unity Platform (NUP) and his Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) counterpart Patrick Amuriat Oboi over their continued flouting of COVID-19 Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
The Electoral Commission, on December 10, 2020, summoned both Bobi Wine and Amuriat to a meeting on Monday December 14 over their complacency in observing COVID-19 SOPs by holding mass campaign rallies and processions which have resulted into unwarranted confrontations with security personnel.
However, both Bobi Wine and Amuriat failed to show up at the Electoral Commission yesterday and instead sent their representatives for a meeting with the chairman Justice Simon Byabakama.
Bobi Wine’s representatives were led by NUP vice president for Central Region Mathias Mpuuga accompanied by NUP lawyer Medard Lubega Ssegona, Secretary General Lewis Rubongoya and spokesperson Joel Ssenyonyi.
On the other hand, Amuriat was represented by FDC’s Bugweri county parliamentary flag bearer counsel Julius Galisonga.
After the meeting, however, Byabakama issued a statement saying that the two presidential candidates must appear in person and noted that after the meeting with the representatives of both candidates, they agreed that Bobi Wine appears before the Commission today Tuesday December 15, 2020 while Amuriat’s meeting is scheduled for Wednesday December 16.
“The Electoral Commission invited the two presidential candidates to appear in person at the Commission headquarters but they only sent their lawyers and party official representatives. While candidate Robert Kyagulanyi was reportedly returning from Kapelebyong district, candidate Amuriat Patrick Oboi was reportedly in the Karamoja region,” the statement reads in part.
The matter for discussion, namely; the persistent breach of campaign guidelines, Byabakama emphasized, requires the physical presence of individual candidates, considering that this was not the first time the Commission was discussing the important matter of non compliance with campaign guidelines.
“Accordingly, the Electoral Commission has deferred the meeting with presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu of National Unity Platform (NUP) to Tuesday 15th December 2020 at 9:00am and meeting with candidate Amuriat Patrick Oboi of the Forum for Democratic Change FDC will be conducted on Wednesday 16th December 2020 at 10:am when the candidates will appear in person,” he added.