The electoral commission has blocked mock elections planned by Independent candidate, Joseph Mabirizi.
On Monday, Mabirizi told press he was in advanced stages of holding a mock election scheduled for February 12, 2016 before the general polls on February 18.
He said the elections would help rate the candidates’ performance in anticipation of the final results which will be declared by the official independent electoral commission.
He said the informal exercise will take place in specific but randomly selected areas of Kampala, Masaka, Mbale, Jinja, Mbarara, Hoima, Arua and Gulu towns or villages.
The objectives of the mock elections, he said, is to provide realistic data for practical opinion polls before the official general elections and reduce tensions.
According to him, the mock elections will also give a clear picture of the rating of each candidate and guide them to make realistic decisions, to either work hard alone or make alliances.
EC blocks the activity
EC spokesperson, Jotham Taremwa, said Mabirizi had not written to them over the matter, describing the development as “something new”.
“We advise him to wait for our response because I think he is not allowed to do that,” Taremwa added.
Taremwa entreated Mabirizi to leave that work to the electoral commission.
“Please leave that work to us as EC. We are not allowing it.”
Taremwa said no individual is allowed to conduct elections.
“It is an activity that can only be conducted by the electoral commission. There are legal guidelines to follow,” Taremwa laboured to explain.
He told Mabirizi to be mindful not to create something that does not favour him.