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Uganda: EC Moves to Unveil New Roadmap for 2021 Elections

The Electoral Commission (EC) is set to roll out its revised roadmap for the 2021 general elections this Tuesday in Kampala.

ChimpReports understands the event will be held at EC’s headquarters along Jinja Road.

“Yes, it is true, we are launching a new roadmap tomorrow,” said EC spokesperson Jotham Taremwa.

“We’ve invited a few media houses to attend cover important function,” he added.

The move is aimed at containing the spread of Coronavirus.

Officials said the revised roadmap is aimed at realising a transparent electoral process without facilitating further spread of the novel virus.

More than 60 countries and territories across the globe have decided to postpone national and subnational elections due to COVID-19.

These include Botswana, Chad, Kenya, Ethiopia and Nigeria among others.

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Uganda’s pecial interest groups elections which were originally scheduled for April–May 2020 were postponed by the EC due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In Uganda, the EC appears determined to hold general elections considering the country is yet to register any COVID-19 deaths.

President Museveni, who is expected to seek another term in office, has since raised concerns about political gatherings during the electoral exercise.

“If the virus can stop by June or July, we can have the elections. We don’t have to have a long campaign time, it is easy to organise. If it doesn’t, it is very dangerous,” he said recently.

However, it emerged on Monday that government intends to distribute at least 10 million radios to all families in Uganda.

This would allow potential candidates to canvass for votes using radio stations instead of holding rallies.

Opposition presidential hopefuls, Dr Kizza Besigye and Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine have since joined forces to challenge President Museveni’s hold onto power.

Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) leader, retired Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu is also expected to stand for president as well as former spychief, retired Lt Gen Henry Tumukunde.

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