Responding to why the EC is silent when the police are brutalizing opposition candidates, Byabakama said ‘’I am not God to know what is happening to all of you. You have to communicate’’.
The Electoral Committee (EC) has come out to explain the reasons why it remained silent when the police are brutalizing opposition presidential aspirants.
While appearing on NBS TV’s Morning Breeze show on Tuesday, Justice Simon Byabakama the EC chairperson said that he is not God to know what is happening to each candidate.
Byabakama was responding to a question of why the EC is keeping silent at a time when the police are brutalising opposition candidates during the ongoing campaigns.
He said that any aspirant who faces harassment on his or her campaign trail should raise the issues before the EC for them to respond.
“I am not God to know what is happening to all of you. You have to communicate,” EC Chairperson Justice Simon Byabakama stressed.
“The only group that consistently communicates is Kyagulanyi’s. We told them, if there are any issues on the campaign trail, they should inform the EC. We even gave them the hotline,” he added.
He, however, said that the EC set guidelines for all candidates to follow in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and if they are not followed, then the police must ensure they are complied to.
He said that Presidential candidates like any other Ugandan ought to respect the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in place aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus.
“We have warned the candidates that being a presidential candidate does not put you up in Heaven, above the law. If the candidates are not following the guidelines. It is the role of the security to ensure they comply, period.”
He also, pinpointed that there is no way the police will beat, arrest or detain someone who is operating under the right guidelines.
“I want to believe that there is no way that Uganda Police will come and find us gathered without observing COVID19 guidelines and open fire,” Byabakama added.
Meanwhile, this comes at a time when the Commission continues to receive criticism from a section of Ugandans about their failure to command the elections in the country.
Many opposition candidates have also rushed to social media and television stations to raise comments that the EC is operating under the Police’s guidelines.
John Katumba, 24, one of the presidential aspirants for the coming 2021 elections on Tuesday demanded the EC boss Byabakama to prove that next year’s elections will be free and fair.
He said that from what is already happening during the ongoing campaigns it is enough proof that the elections will be miscalculated.