KAMPALA — The Electoral Commission has set January 14 as the date for the country’s highly anticipated 2021 presidential election.
In a brief statement released on Wednesday, EC Chairman Justice Simon Byabakama said the election campaign would run from November 9 to January 12.
“The Electoral Commission has further appointed 14th January as polling date for presidential elections 2021,” EC chairperson said.
The EC has cleared 11 presidential candidates to run in the scientific poll — including President Yoweri Museveni who will be seeking a sixth term in office.
Others include Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu of National Unity Platform, Democratic Party’s Nobert Mao, Alliance For National Transformation’s Mugisha Muntu, FDC’s Patrick Amuriat and others.
Ugandans will also vote on the same day to elect Members of Parliament and local councillors.
Byabakama also urged all nominated candidates as well as their agents, supporters and the general public, to carefully observe the coronavirus containment rules and other guidelines during the campaign period.
Key among other guidelines, campaigns shall be conducted between 7am and 6pm, candidates and their agents shall not use or publish any language or defamatory words, which incite public disorder, hatred, violence or which threatens war.