The Electoral Commission says it is wrong of Amama Mbabazi told hold open public rallies.
Mbabazi started countrywide consultations yesterday in Mbale and addressed supporters at cricket grounds in Mbale town.
Today, he addressed another gathering at Booma grounds in Kapchorwa town.
In his letter to the Inspector General of Police, Kale Kayihura, Mbabazi indicated that he would be holding meetings in town halls and addressing public meetings in open spaces.
However, the Electoral Commission Secretary, Sam Rwakojo, says only the presidential candidates are allowed to organise and address public rallies to rally support from the electorate.
“Presidential aspirants can only hold consultative meetings but not public rallies,” Rwakojo pointed out.
He quoted Section 3 of Presidential Elections Act which does not allow presidential aspirants to hold public rallies.
“So what Amama Mbabazi is doing is wrong,” Rwakojo pointed out.
“We advise presidential aspirants to carry out nation-wide consultations as provided by law not campaigning at rallies.”
Rwakojo advised Mbabazi to simply consult and avoid rallies.
The Presidential Elections Act of the 2005 Uganda constitution allows an aspirant (2) While consulting under subsection (1), to (d) convene meetings of national delegates, but doesn’t clarify how and where.
FDC politicians, Mugisha Muntu and Kizza Besigye have been holding rallies in their presidential flag bearer contest but the EC was silent.
It is not clear whether the duo is already pronounced presidential candidates, as per EC’s arguments.