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EC Warns CSOs Against Partisanship During Voter Education

The Electoral Commission (EC) has asked Civil Society Organizations and state entities which are going out to conduct voter education to focus on being neutral throughout the process so that their message is understood by all categories of people.

Leonard Mulekwa, the acting Secretary for Electoral Commission who represented EC Chairperson Justice Simon Byabakama, made the call while flagging off of a team of civil society organizations and 6 state entities to conduct voter sensitization in 46 districts.

Mulekwa also asked the teams to ensure that they stay in line with both the Electoral Commission and Ministry of Health guidelines in prevention of covid19.

“The commission will use its powers to revoke the accreditation of any organization that will turn into campaign agents,” he said.

Mulekwa appreciated these organizations for coming up with the initiative at this critical moment when some people especially from rural areas still need to learn more about the electoral process.

“Civic education should not only be during the election time but it should be made an everyday activity in all sectors. Many times people don’t know their rights to the extent that they can’t go to a doctor and ask questions.”

Peter Bogere one of the coordinators in Civic Education Coalition in Uganda (CECU) a body bringing together these organizations said this campaign is planned to reach six million voters in 42 districts.

“We shall use the methods which don’t put their lives into danger due to Covid, we are using a network of community voter educators in every sub county on top of radio dramas, flyers, and banners and outdoor drives.”

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