By Norman Isaac Mwambazi
The set date for presidential elections is fast approaching and as you read this, it is only nine days left until Ugandans cast their vote to choose their president for the next five years.
On January 14, 2021, Ugandans will also vote for their representatives in Parliament.
However, a few days to the election, there is heavy deployment of military, police and para-military forces across several parts of the country, something that has created tension among several Ugandans.
Kira Municipality Member of Parliament (MP) who is running for re-election, Hon. Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda, has weighed in on the forthcoming election and the several steps taken by the Electoral Commission (EC) and the government at large to ensure the process is free, fair, and secure.
While appearing on NBS TV’s Morning Breeze program, Nganda questioned the heavy deployment of military in the capital Kampala, Wakiso, Mukono and other districts, something that makes it look like the country is already at war.
“Why is there heavy deployment in Kampala and Wakiso? Is Kampala at war? If we are, the President has to make declaration about that,” Ssemujju said Tuesday morning.
The outspoken MP also said that the law does not allow the government to deploy armed military officers at polling stations during the elections as it can scare away voters from casting their votes.
The Kira Municipality MP aspirant also asked the EC to clarify on how they are going to handle the issue of the 9:00Pm curfew.
Ssemujju’s worry is that “it will not be practical” for some election polling agents and other people to be at their places of residence at 9:00pm, since polling stops at 4:00pm, yet declaring results could be several hours after that.
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