Electoral Commission Chairman Badru Kiggundu has cautioned presidential aspirants to comply with the laws during the ongoing consultative meetings.
In a press statement released yesterday, Kiggundu said that aspirants should differentiate consultative meetings from distribution of campaign materials, campaigns, holding rallies and mass meetings and canvassing/soliciting
“The Electoral Commission advises all aspirants to comply with the requirements of the Presidential Elections Act, 2005 and other applicable laws in regard to undertaking the consultative activities,” part of the statement read.
He said that while Section 3 of the Presidential Elections Act, 2005, provides for aspirants to consult in preparation for nominations, the aspirant is required to introduce himself or herself to the Electoral Commission and notify the relevant Local Council and the Police of the area to which he or she goes.
During the consultative meetings, the “aspirant may: (a) carry out nation-wide consultations; (b) prepare his or her manifesto and other campaign materials; (c) raise funds for his or her campaign through lawful means; (d) convene meetings of national delegates.”
Kiggundu said campaigns for the various elective positions, Presidential Elections inclusive, as guided by law will commence after the Electoral Commission duly nominates candidates for the respective elective offices.
Former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi who is eying presidency has caused alarm after attracting mass crowds during consultative meetings that started on Monday in Mbale.