The electoral commission has directed whoever sees a truck with their logo and bearing posters of President Yoweri Museveni to impound it.
Pictures of an alleged EC truck covered with Museveni posters circulated yesterday and have since been trending on social media.
EC spokesperson, Jotham Taremwa, in a tweet said: “There is a truck purportedly belonging to Uganda electoral commission bearing banners of one of the presidential candidates [Museveni], please whoever sees it, impound it.”
That truck doesn’t belong Uganda EC, we appeal to the public or police to impound it where its seen,” Taremwa said.
He said the EC “cannot participate in partisan political campaigns our commitment is to deliver a free and fair elections”.
EC too in a tweet said the truck belongs to someone else not the commission.
The commission chairman, Badru Kiggundu, promised to deliver free and fair elections.
The presence of an alleged electoral commission truck bearing posters of the incumbent had already sparked an outcry projecting what opposition leader has always said-that EC is Museveni’s walking stick.
While meeting media practitioners yesterday in Katonga hall Serena hotel Kampala, Kiggundu cautioned press against taking sides as this may spark violence.
Kiggundu further reminded media that some media houses which were illegally broadcasting results of previous presidential elections exercise were switched off.
He said the idea of announcing election results at polling stations started from Uganda and is now being adopted worldwide.
“We are independent but we interact with all stakeholders to realise free and fair elections. We are not an island.”
“I have never turned away any media house with or with/out appointment. We maintain open door policy to expeditiously answer media queries.”
“Do your role with utmost zeal and professionalism. Support peaceful campaigns and don’t incite violence.”
He said EC itself doesn’t discriminate in giving out adverts.
“Service providers should engage us after seeing our adverts in media.”
Eng Kiggundu says a series of meetings with stakeholders have been organised as a step in achieving a peaceful, free and fair election.
Kiggundu also expressed shock at a presidential candidate’s call for ‘defiance’ ahead of 2016 elections.
FDC’s Besigye is preaching defiance on his rallies.