The Uganda Electoral Commission has Thursday declared campaign and voting dates.
The campaigns for the category of Parliamentary elections (Members of Parliament and district Woman Members of Parliament) will start on 9th November 2020 and 12th January 2021, according to EC Chairperson Justice Simon Mugenyi Byabakama.
Status of Elections of Special Interest Groups (SIGs) Committees
The Electoral Commission concluded the conduct of elections of SIGs (Older Persons, Persons with Disabilities and Youth) Committees from the Village to the District/Citylevel.
The Commission appreciates all stakeholders in the electoral process for their participation which enabled successful organisation and conduct of the SIGs Committees Elections.
C. Conclusion of Nominations of Candidates for Parliamentary and Local Government Councils Elections and Commencement of Campaign Period
The Electoral Commission conducted the nomination of candidates for Local Government Councils and Parliamentary Elections, from 21st September to 5th October and on 15th and 16th October 2021, respectively.
The nomination exercise attracted a high number of aspirants who include party-sponsored candidates and independents. The Commission is compiling the details of all nominated candidates and will publish the results in due course.
Following the conclusion of the above nomination exercises, the Commission has appointed the periods indicated in the table below, for the purpose of conducting candidates’ campaign meetings for Parliamentary and Local Government Councils Elections, 2021.
No. Category of Election Campaign Period
- Parliamentary Elections (Directly-elected MP &District Woman Representative to Parliament) 9th November 2020 12th January 2021
- City/District Local Government Councils (Lord Mayor/Mayors/Chairpersons &Councilors) 9th November 2020 18th January 2021
- Municipality/City Division Chairpersons and Councilors 9th November 2020 23rd January 2021
- Sub County/Town/Municipal Division Chairpersons and Councilors 9th November 2020 1st February 2021
The Electoral Commission urges all nominated candidates, their agents, supporters and the general public to carefully observe the following guidelines for this campaign period:
a. Campaigns shall be conducted between 7.00 am and 6.00 pm; and in accordance with the harmonized candidates’ campaign programme;
b. Candidates and their agents shall not use or publish any language or defamatory words, which incite public disorder, hatred, violence or which threatens war;
c. In accordance with the measures and guidelines put in place by the Ministry of Health to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) issued by the Electoral Commission to prevent and combat person-to-person, person-to-object and object-to-person spread of the COVID-19 during the conduct of election activities, processions and public/mass rallies remain banned;
d. Candidates will, however, be allowed to organise/hold campaign meetings, in a regulated manner, preferably outdoors, with limited attendance of a maximum of seventy (70) persons, to enable the observance of the 2-meters social distancing rule for the persons attending the meeting.
The candidates and venue owners must ensure that the campaign/meeting venues are provided with hand washing facilities and sanitizers, and that the supporters attending the campaigns/meetings wear face masks at all time, while accessing and exiting the meeting venue;
e. Candidates are advised to identify suitable venues within their constituencies and notify the respective Returning Officers, who will conduct an inspection together with the Police and the District COVID-19 Taskforce to ensure the venue will enable observance of the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health;
f. Candidates and their agents are advised to use non-contact means of communication to interact with the electorate. These include fliers, leaflets, brochures, posters, billboards and banners; radio and television announcements and talk shows; short messaging services (SMS), voice messaging, and new digital media platforms and websites;
g. Candidates who use posters are warned against putting them (campaign posters) on road traffic signs. Similarly, candidates who use banners are strongly warned against hanging them (campaign banners) on electricity power lines, or in a manner that endangers vehicular traffic and pedestrian movement.
Any campaign materials that are wrongly placed will be removed by the relevant Council authorities and Police.
h. Candidates may also use the community-based Public Address Systems (kizindaalo) between 7:00am-9:00am and 4:00pm-6:00pm, as per the campaign programme harmonised with the respective Returning Officers;
D. Appointment of Polling Dates for Parliamentary and Local Government Councils Elections, 2021
Following the conclusion of nomination of candidates, and the harmonization of campaign programmes by the Electoral Commission together with the candidates, the Electoral Commission has, in line with Section 18(1)(a) of the Parliamentary Elections Act and Section 107 of the Local Government Act, appointed polling dates for the various elective positions as follows:
No. Elective Position Polling Date
- Election of Councillors for Older Persons to the Sub County/Town/Municipal Division 11th January 2021
- Elections of Councillors for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) to the Sub County/Town/Municipal Division 11th January 2021
- Elections of Youth Representatives to the Sub County/Town/Municipal Division 11th January 2021
- Election of Councillors for Older Persons to the Municipality/City Division 12th January 2021
- Elections of Councillors for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) to the Municipality/City Division 12th January 2021
- Elections of Councillors for Youth to the Municipality/City Division 12th January 2021
- Elections of Member of Parliament (Directly-elected MP and District Woman Representative to Parliament) 14th January 2021
- National Conference for Election of Older Persons Representatives to Parliament 17th –18th January 2021
- National Conference for Election of Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) Representatives to Parliament 17th –18th January 2021
- National Conference for Election of Workers Representatives to Parliament 17th –18th January 2021
- Elections of District Local Government Councils: (District/City Chairpersons, Lord Mayor, Mayors, and Councillors) 20th January 2021
- National Conference for Election of National Female Youths Representative to Parliament 21st –22nd January 2021
- Elections of Municipality/City Division Chairpersons and Councillors 25th January 2021
- Elections of Councillors for Older Persons to the District Local Government Councils 27th January 2021
- Elections of Councillors for Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) to the District Local Government Councils 27th January 2021
- Elections of Councillors for Youths to the District Local Government Councils 27th January 2021
- Elections of Workers Representatives to District Local Government Councils 27th January 2021
- Elections of UPDF Representatives to Parliament 29th January 2021
- Regional Conferences for Election of Regional Youths Representatives to Parliament 31st January– 1st February 2021
- Elections of Sub County/Town/Municipal Division Chairpersons and Councillors February 3rd 2021.