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Scrutinize Manifestos and Vote Wisely – Gov’t Advises Electorate

The Government has advised the voters to scrutinize manifestos of presidential candidates and vote wisely.

The Minister of ICT and National Guidance Judith Nabakooba said Sunday that a manifesto is “what every candidate promises to do when elected come January next year” and called on the voters to examine all manifestos presented by various candidates and vote wisely.

“I therefore call upon members of the public to scrutinize all manifestos presented. Let us study the manifestos and ask hard questions on how each candidate plans to deliver on their promises. By doing this, we shall have actively engaged in conducting a free and fair election. I call upon all presidential candidates to focus on selling their manifestos as opposed to attacking others,” said Nabakooba.

Today Monday, the incumbent Yoweri Museveni of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party will launch his manifesto shortly after getting nominated by the Electoral Commission to run for yet another 5 year term of office.

The NRM Secretary General Justine Kasule Lumumba said the manifesto and campaigns will be ran under the theme “securing your future.”

“After being nominated, our presidential candidate H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni will launch the party’s 2021 – 2026 manifesto at Speke Resort Munyonyo starting at 2pm. Our manifesto is anchored on the theme, securing your future,” she said.

Other presidential aspirants such Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine has promised Ugandans “a new Uganda” while former security Minister and spy chief, Lt Gen Henry Tumukunde has promised “a renewed Uganda” under the slogan, “it is possible (kisoboka).”

Meanwhile, Nabakooba reiterated a warning earlier issued by the police to all presidential aspirants against moving in processions to get nominated.

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“I want to call upon all candidates and members of the public to respect and go by the guidelines provided. We are reminded that the general public is not invited for the activities. I therefore want to advise everyone to stay away from the nomination venue. Police will not hesitate to arrest anyone disobeying the guidelines,” she said.

“We have noticed some candidates mobilizing their supporters to turn up in big numbers. This is wrong and I call upon the general public to disregard such messages,” she added.

The Electoral Commission has given each candidate a limited number of people (not more than 10) to accompany them to the nomination venue which is Kyambogo University Sports Grounds.

It should, however, be noted that the incumbent Yoweri Museveni has been allowed his full convoy and escorts. This, Nabakooba said, is because of security reasons due to his status.

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