KAMPALA- Ezra Ongaria, the Rubaga Division Returning Officer has warned the political aspirants and their seconders against wearing colours and symbols representing political parties during nominations.
Ongaria’s call comes in after many people started appearing for nominations putting on politically branded shirts, red berets and masks identifying the parties that they belong to.
Most of these people who were appearing in party colors belong to political parties like National Resistance Movement (NRM), Forum for Democratic Change(FDC) Democratic party (DP) and National Unity Platform (NUP).
Ongaria calls this one way of campaigning at electoral offices which is not good. Adding that Electoral Commission is a neutral commission.
“Caution therefore goes out to whoever appears here for nomination to do away with political colors or symbols, they should wait for campaigning time.” Ongaria said.
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He notes that if people insist on putting on those colors, they will be denied access and allow those with neutral colors, adding that they do not want to politicize the nomination process.
However, most of the aspirants disputed Ongaria’s caution, saying that they have a right to put on any type of a cloth as long as they are decently dressed up.
Robert Kiiza the LC3 aspiring councilor Busega Kigwanya Rubaga division who appeared in National Resistance Movement attires reacts that they should be left free to put on the party symbols.
Andreas Mukalazi a male youth council Rubaga division claims that his people power badge on his shirt has no problem because it is not a party.
What you are seeing on my shirt will not appear in the electoral commission, it is only NUP that will appear in their papers.