EC Chairman Byabakama emphasizes secure environment for upcoming electoral process

Rubanda: The Electoral Commission Chairman, Justice Simon Byabakama, has emphasized the importance of ensuring a peaceful and secure environment for the upcoming electoral process.

He stated that, with the recent rise in regional insecurities, it is crucial for Ugandans to come together to ensure that the 2026 election is conducted in a peaceful and transparent manner.

Byabakama made this call on Monday during the Kigezi Regional Dialogue on the 2026 general election in Uganda, organized by Kick Corruption Out of Uganda in partnership with the Uganda National NGO Forum (UNNGOF).

Justice Byabakama urged political leaders and stakeholders to engage in constructive dialogue and peaceful campaigns rather than resorting to violence or inciting hate speech.

He added that by working together and respecting the democratic process, Uganda can set an example for the region and demonstrate the strength of its democratic institutions.

Habaasa Obed, UPC chairman for Rubanda district, expressed dismay with the electoral processes in Uganda, citing irregularities in key elections across the country.

Gideon Tumwesigye, Vice Chairman of the FDC Katonga Faction, demanded that the Electoral Commission strengthen its visibility in regional districts to ensure the accurate pronunciation of results.

Kakuru Robert Byamugisha, Executive Director of Kick Corruption Out of Uganda, stated that the regional dialogue centered on issues affecting the electoral processes in Uganda. He added that they tackled issues that hinder rightful involvement in the electoral process in the country.

The high-end dialogue was attended by Kigezi Resident District Commissioners,religious leaders, political party representatives, LCV chairpersons from the Kigezi region, councilors, and civil organizations.

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