Amuriat explains decision not to attend EC summon
Amuriat explained that he is too busy with campaign duties and will only be free on Christmas day 25, December from 11:00 am. PHOTO/TWITTER

In a statement, Amuriat explained the decision not to attend EC summon: ‘’I am too busy and will only be free on Christmas Day’’.

Last week, the Electoral Commission (EC) summoned two opposition presidential candidates including NUP’s Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine and FDC’s Patrick Oboi Amuriat in what they referred to as a continued violation of COVOD-19 guidelines while carrying out their campaigns.

The two were supposed to appear for a meeting on Monday however, they both sent in representatives to attend on their behalf with both Amuriat and Kyagulanyi noting that they were too busy with their campaigns and did not want to be destructed.

The EC however, insisted that they needed to meet the candidates in person and as a result, they resummoned Kyagulanyi and Amuriat to appear on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively.

On Tuesday, the National Unity Platform (NUP) party presidential flagbearer obeyed the request and turned up for the meeting. At the meeting, he requested the EC chairperson, Simon Byabakama to step down from office if he cannot have full control of the election period.

With the hope that his opposition colleague in FDC would also make it to the Commission headquarters the following day, things did not transpire as expected.

The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party presidential candidate moments later issued a statement explaining why he was unable to turn up for EC’s summon.

In a statement, Amuriat explained that he is too busy with campaign duties and will only be free on Christmas day 25, December from 11:00 am.

Amuriat explains decision not to attend EC summon
Amuriat explained that he is too busy with campaign duties and will only be free on Christmas day 25, December from 11:00 am. PHOTO/TWITTER

He said that the Commission is already aware of their tight schedule and cancelling a day or two to table a meeting with them will mean missing out on his campaign trail.

“The Electoral Commission is aware of our program; we do not have the time to meet them. If we took one day off this program, we would not have time to come back to the areas we have not gone to,” Amuriat noted in his blue ink letter to the commission.

“The EC has to choose to meet us. If they want me in person, the only day that I have free is December 25th (Christmas), I will abide by their request and go meet with them on that day if it becomes necessary,” he added requesting the EC to abide by his request.

“I pray that you understand my plight and consider the option available.”