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Presidential Candidates to Face Off in Two Debates in December and January

The Inter Religious Council of Uganda (IRCU) together with The Elders’ Forum Uganda (TEFU), Inter Party Organization for Dialogue (IPOD), the National Consultative Forum (NCF) and the Electoral Commission will organize another Presidential debate during this election cycle.

This was revealed by the convening organizations after the meeting held in Kampala on Friday.

The communique was signed by the chairperson of the IRCU His Eminence Sheikh Shaban Ramadan Mubaje, the chairperson of the Elders’ Forum Justice James Ogola, Frank Rusa, the Executive Director, IPOD, Sam Kiyingi of the National Consultative Forum and Paul Bukenya, the spokesperson of Electoral Commission

“The convening organizations are happy to announce that in addition to the presidential debate, they will also organize debates in selected constituencies and cities,” the added

The debates, they said, provide a balanced space for all presidential candidates to sell their agenda to all Ugandans and make a commitment to fair and violence free 2021 general elections.

“The Council, together with IPOD, NCF, and TEFU believe that the candidates’ debate is a step towards political maturity and tolerance in Uganda’s electoral process. It promotes issue based politics and demonstrates tolerance.”

“There will be two rounds of presidential candidates’ debates with four sessions. The first presidential debate will be held on December 4th and 5th 2020 followed by the second on January 2nd and 3rd 2021,” read the communique.

The debates, the organizers are hopeful will improve voter behavior and perceptions, improve accountability of political leaders, promote the spirit of peaceful coexistence and unity in diversity, enhance issue based politics, increase political moderation and reduced partisan tensions, strengthen democratic governance, increase citizen understanding and participation in democratic and electoral processes and diffuse tensions and violence in hotspot areas.

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The debate will be organized in the framework of the Uganda National Dialogue Framework paper and emerging issues captured in public opinion polls and party manifestos.

The live audience at the debate will include; political parties and independents, civil society, religious leaders, election observers, the academia, private sector, ambassadors, Government, Development Partners, the UN family in Uganda, the East African Community, cultural leaders, retired leaders, Electoral Commission, representatives from University students’ Guilds, representatives of persons with disabilities, business community, women representatives, youth representatives, trade unions, the media among others.

The debate will be themed on the National values and diversity, political consensus, constitutionalism and rule of law, inclusive economy, quality service delivery and implementation, land justice, environment and natural resources and regional integration.

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