Electoral Commission chairman Eng. Dr. Badru Kiggundu has revealed that the commission would have reconsidered Kizza Besigye nomination over his defiance campaign, if they had the powers.
Besigye, the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) since November has been running a defiance campaign arguing that “the commission is not independent and competent to conduct free and fair election.”
Addressing media today, Kiggundu argued that if Electoral Commission laws had been stronger, commission would have reconsidered Besigye nomination given his defiance campaign.
“I hope future amendments tighten the screening for those who want to become leaders in Uganda,” he said.
He was also quoted in a local newspaper today saying that Besigye is not a presidential material.
“A presidential candidate should have some characteristics and behave in a manner fit to be a fountain of honour. But if you hear someone say I am going to have a defiance campaign, then why should you contest in that election?”
Late last year, Kiggundu warned Besigye to stop the defiance campaign or face wrath of the law arguing that it leads to violence.
Using Phones at Polling Stations
“We didn’t ban media from carrying mobile phones but for voters, phones must be off or in silent at polling stations,” Kiggundu said.
He noted that media will be allowed to film but not within cordoned off area of the polling station to keep the ballot secret.
He said the voter can stay 50 metres away from the polling station after voting.