Independent presidential candidate Rtd Gen. Henry Tumukunde has cautioned the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC) Justice Simon Byabakama to desist from any acts portraying him and the commission as a partisan electoral body.
Tumukunde’s warning comes at a time when Byabakama is supervising violent electoral campaigns where the state police and other security forces ascend onto opposition presidential candidates and their teams in the guise of enforcing the Standard Operation Procedures (SOPs) peddled at curbing the spread of Covid-19.
He decried the continuous militarizing of Campaigns saying that the trained 5,000 Special Police Constable (SPCs) are aimed at intimidating voters and are a vote to the National Resistance Movement (NRM).
“I am extremely concerned that between the nomination and now, 543,000 voters have all over come up. Where were these voters verified from and to whose knowledge? The biometric machines are being introduced without the knowledge of any candidates. This means that we are heading for a very uncertain electronic voting period,” he said.
“No Ugandan is certain about the results of the coming elections. In Congo there were designs to rig elections however the Congolese turned up in big numbers and voted against the candidate they did want and that is how we see Félix Tshisekedi becoming president. I therefore call upon Ugandans to massively turn up and vote in big numbers and protect their vote so that we give up on ousting government through an election,” he said
Tumukunde criticized the new polling guidelines saying they are unconstitutional and aimed at infringing on the rights of the voters on choosing leaders of their choice. “Why would you stop a journalist or camera person from accessing a polling station?” he asked adding that they don’t want vote rigging, bribery and violence to be captured.
He asked the Electoral Commission to take full charge of the electoral process and avoid being influenced by any individual or institution because they will be responsible for every result of the electoral process.