Police has deployed and sealed off Soroti independent grounds where Amama Mbabazi was supposed to hold a rally today.
Tension is building up as people of Soroti line up outside the cordoned off grounds to hear Amama Mbabazi talk.
The Electoral Commission Secretary, Sam Rwakojo, last night said 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 quoting 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 said, adding, “We advise presidential aspirants to carry out nation-wide consultations as provided by law not campaigning at rallies.”
On Wednesday morning, EC spokesperson, Jotham Taremwa, said in Mbale, Hon.Mbabazi put it on record that he was going to address a rally and yet he is only allowed to hold consultations.
Speaking on NBS TV Morning Breeze, Taremwa said Amama should not be tempted into holding any more public rallies because it is against the law before the scheduled period for such activities.
Asked what difference there is between a consultative meeting and a rally, Taremwa said arally is allowed only after an aspirant has been declared a candidate by the Electoral Commission.
“Amama Mbabazi isn’t yet a candidate,” he emphasised.
In Soroti, boda boda movements around the town have also restricted.
People are seen standing on the sidelines of the venue with police inside.