Politics

Gov’t Warns Political Candidates against Defamation as Campaigns Draw Closer

As the 2021 election campaign period draws closer, the Government has issued a strong warning to contenders to desist from using defamatory statements against others.

Following the end of Parliamentary and Local Government nominations, the Electoral Commission announced November 9, 2020, as the official starting date for campaigns which will end by February 1, 2021.

Speaking to reporters at her office in Kampala on Sunday, the Minister for ICT and National Guidance Hon Judith Nabakooba warned candidates against defaming others.

“Political campaigns should not be time for candidates to use abusive language against each other. Candidates are warned against defaming others, telling falsehoods against each other, inciting public disorder, inciting hatred or violence. I therefore call upon all candidates to conduct their campaigns in a manner that respects our diversity in culture and political differences,” she said.

Campaign posters

On the issue of pinning campaign posters in ungazetted places such as road signs, electric power lines, security cameras among others, Nabakooba reiterated the warning by the city governing body, Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) against doing so.

KCCA on Friday warned that anyone found pinning campaign posters in ungazetted places will face a fine of up to 11 million shillings.

“Campaign posters should not be pinned in road signs, campaign posters should not be hanging on electric power lines, campaign posters or any other campaign material should not be used in such a way that endangers the lives of people. I call upon all candidates to respect the guidelines provided to avoid situations of conflict when campaigns posters are pulled down. We are also reminded that all candidates have the responsibility of keeping the public safe from COVID-19,” said Nabakooba.

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Reopening of schools

Following the resumption of schools for only candidates classes, the examinations body, the Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) announced the start of registration of learners in P.7, senior four and senior six.

According to UNEB, the official registration fee for P.7 (PLE) candidates is 34,000, 164,000 for senior four (UCE) and 186,000 for senior six (UACE).

On previous occasions, there have been cases where schools have collected the money from candidates and failed to register candidates or inflate the standard registration fee set by UNEB.

Nabakooba called on parents to be vigilant and liaise with their schools to ensure that the entire process is conducted in a genuine manner.

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