Byabakama noted; Article 61 of the constitution does not give us authority to extend an election, therefore, don’t put the burden onto us.
The Chairman of the Electoral Commission Justice Simon Byabakama and refuted all claims that they met and discussed the revised road map with president Yoweri Museveni before launching it last week on Tuesday.
While appearing on a political talk show at BBS television with panellists like Hon. Lutamaguzi of Nakaseke South, Hon. Kiwanda Subi the Minister of Tourism and the aspiring presidential candidate Rwomushana, the electoral commission chairman Justice Byabakama said that they met with President Museveni to discuss financial issues and to discuss the process of shifting the electoral commission offices from the current location.
The current location of electoral offices is among the places that were demarcated by KCCA as places were the Kampala Fly Over will pass and by all means, the commission has to shift from the current location.
“We did not go to consult about elections but we had money issues and to discuss the issue of shifting from our current location since time is running out,” Justice Simon Byabakama said.
The Chairman also refuted reports that the president gave them orders to ban mass rallies and other traditional modes of campaigns. He added that the Ministry of Health advised the commission to ban the traditional modes of campaigns which could make people gather in one place to combat the spread of the coronavirus.
According to the Chairman, the Ministry of Health also advised them to put in place the standard operating procedures on Election Day which include wearing of face masks, social distancing and use of sanitizers.
Byabakama added that article 61 of the constitution gives the commission authority to organize elections in the last 122 days before the end of the current government and parliament has to change the law concerning elections if there to stop or extend the electoral processes.
“We cannot stop organizing elections because the current law gives us a go-ahead to do so,” the Chairman added.
“Article 61 of the constitution does not give us authority to extend an election, therefore, don’t put the burden onto us,” Byabakama noted.
The Bishop of Masaka John Baptist Kaggwa joined other politicians especially those from the opposition to condemn the scientific elections and he urged the Electoral Commission to extend for two years until the situation is normal.
“Let’s postpone for two years until COVID is over then we enter the race. Let the president be president for two years after the situation is back to normal then we can prepare again .how will I know my candidate when I just listen to him or her on radio and if I don’t have electricity what happens,” Kaggwa asked.