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Electoral Commission sets tough sanctions to media as Nebbi goes to polls

EC Chairperson Justice Simon Byabakama flanked by Electoral Commission officials address the press recently. (PHOTO/File)

NEBBI – The Electoral Commission has banned press from live coverage of the polls including interviews of candidates in the Thursday’s by-election for Nebbi District Chairperson.

During a stakeholders meeting on Wednesday evening, EC said that there will be no press interviews of candidates during the polling process.

Usually, candidates could talk to the media after casting their votes which EC says ‘has been happening in error’ because such broadcasts are largely perceived to be another form of campaigns.

Nebbi has 223 polling stations and a total number 121,856 registered voters.

According to reports, the Electoral Commission has started dispatching off the electoral materials to the remote areas of the District.

In case of any eventuality, EC has put in place three toll free lines of 0800300121/2/3 and 0392004120 (not toll free).

Museveni on Tuesday campaigned for youthful Urombi for Nebbi District chairmanship. (PHOTO/courtesy)

President Yoweri Museveni on Tuesday told voters at Nebbi Municipal Ground to vote for NRM’s youthful Emmanuel Urombi for the chairmanship because the party has solved many problems in the area.

“Am here to campaign for NRM without being ashamed because NRM has solved many problems here”, President Yoweri Museveni told voters at Nebbi Municipal Ground on Tuesday ahead of polls on Thursday.

Museveni mentioned peace, infrastructural development and education among others as some of the achievements of NRM in the area.

” Nebbi has been around for over 30 billion years but the first tarmac road got here during NRM”, he said.

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