Kyadondo East Polls: EC to Pull Down Candidates Posters Top story

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Electoral Commission Chairman, Justice Simon Byabakama, says the move is in line with the electoral law and aimed at ensuring that voters are not influenced by the campaign posters, which are found at almost all the 93 polling stations in the constituency.

Electoral Commission has announced plans to pull down candidate's campaign posters ahead of the Kyadondo East MP by elections on Thursday. 

Electoral Commission Chairman, Justice Simon Byabakama, says the move is in line with the electoral law and aimed at ensuring that voters are not influenced by the campaign posters, which are found at almost all the 93 polling stations in the constituency.

He explains that the candidates should have removed their posters at the end of the campaigns period, but since they didn't do it, the Commission will do the cleanup so as to eliminate any room for electoral malpractices.

Justice Byabakama also warns supporters of all the candidates against wearing their campaign T-shirts or carrying around flyers with intentions of mobilizing support, saying it is contrary to electoral laws.

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He also warns the candidates against playing loud music promoting their agenda, saying their equipment will be impounded. He however, lauds the candidates for appealing to their candidates to stay calm and vote peacefully.

Five candidates are vying for the Kyadondo East MP seat. They include the National Resistance Movement candidate, Sitenda Sebalu, FDC's, Apollo Kantinti and independents, Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi wine, Muwada Nkunyingi and Sowedi Kayongo Male.

The Kyadondo East parliamentary seat fell vacant after the Court of Appeal upheld the decision of the High Court nullifying the victory of Kantinti over non-compliance with electoral laws, disfranchising voters and failing to secure custody of election materials. 

The ruling followed a successful petition by Sebalu who lost to Kantinti by a margin of 326 votes in the 2016 parliamentary race. 

 

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