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Police Vows to Disperse Nomination Processions

Police has said any presidential candidate who will hold a procession of more than 10 people during the nominations by Electoral Commission will be arrested.

“We are getting information that some presidential aspirants are mobilising thousands of their supporters to escort them for nominations next week. Any presidential aspirant, who makes a procession, contrary to EC guidelines of having only 10 people, will be arrested & detained,”  Patrick Onyango, the Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson, said on Tuesday.

This comes after the opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) presidential flag bearer, Mr  Patrick Amuriat on Monday vowed to hold a procession to his nomination, contrary to what the Electoral commission (EC) has directed.

“EC has issued a number of restrictions during the forthcoming elections .They have instructed us to take only 10 people to Kyambogo for our nominations. I want to inform EC that we shall not conduct our campaigns their way. We shall go with all our people to Kyambogo and all those planning to block us should be prepared because we are known for defiance,”Mr Amuriat said.

Presidential nominations are slated to take place next week on Monday and Tuesday at Kyambogo University sports ground.

“We shall deploy our officers at all routes leading to Kyambogo to see that nobody defies that directive. Moving in a procession, the officers who will be deployed on routes will make sure that no one moves in a procession,” Mr Onyango said.

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