EC, Police Asks Candidates To Reign On Supporters

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The Electoral Commission and police asks presidential candidates to prevail on their supporters to avoid clashes.

Presidential candidates have been asked to prevail on their supporters to avoid clashes similar to what was witnessed in Mukono on Tuesday.

Haruna Isabirye, Director of Operations in the police force, notes that the recent clash between supporters of Yoweri Museveni and Amama Mbabazi, in Mukono district could have been avoided.

Isabirye says the clashes  can be avoided if either camps restrained their supporters during processions.

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Isabirye was speaking at a press conference called by the Electoral Commission Chairperson,  Badiru Kiggundu to warn against acts of violence during elections.

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Early this week, unknown people set on fire a car belonging to an agent of former Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi in Sembabule. Police spokesperson, Fred Enanga says the force is investigating the matter to establish how Meddie Kikomeko, the Go Forward Youth chairperson in Sembabule was reportedly attacked by two people and his car set on fire.

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Meanwhile, the Electoral Commission has warned candidates against campaigning beyond the stipulated time. All campaigns are supposed to end at 6:00pm but the presidential candidates have not adhered to this regulation.

Kiggundu says the commission is working with police to ensure that they abide to it.


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Olive Eyotaru
Olive Eyotaru is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Eyotaru has been a URN staff member since February 2015.

Eyotaru started practising journalism while still studying at Uganda Christian University. She was a reporter with Ultimate Media Consult Ltd between 2005 and 2007.

In 2009, Eyotaru joined Monitor Publications Limited, under KFM Radio as a parliamentary and business reporter. Consequently, Eyotaru started writing for the Daily Monitor newspaper until January 2015, when she moved to URN.

She is interested in reporting about politics, health, human rights, business and sports.