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Electoral Commission Chairperson Urges Peaceful Engagement In Elections

Harnessing Youth Potential: Electoral Commission Chairperson Urges Peaceful Engagement In Elections

In a recent public lecture held at Kabale University Playground, Justice Simon Byabakama, the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, called upon the youth to actively participate in elections while maintaining a peaceful approach.

The event saw the attendance of students from various universities and higher education institutions in  Kabale district and neighboring areas.

Justice Byabakama shed light on the susceptibility of the youth to manipulation by those who exploit their involvement in election campaigns for personal gain, without considering the best interests of the nation.

Expressing his concern over the practice of offering small sums of money to incite violence during elections, he emphasized the need for the youth to resist such temptations.

Moreover, Justice Byabakama cautioned against the misuse of social media and encouraged the youth to utilize their online presence for educational purposes. He urged them to make productive use of their data bundles by conducting research and expanding their knowledge.

Respecting differing opinions and refraining from spreading hate speech were also highlighted as crucial aspects of responsible citizenship.

Justice Byabakama reminded the youth of their civic duties, referencing Article 59 of the Ugandan Constitution, which grants every citizen aged 18 and above the right and duty to vote and participate in public elections and referenda.

Emphasizing the importance of local governance, Justice Byabakama encouraged the youth to engage not only in presidential and parliamentary elections but also in leadership roles at the sub-county, parish, and village levels.

Such engagement, he stressed, is vital for effective governance and shaping the future of Uganda.

The overarching aim of Justice Byabakama’s call to action is to empower the youth to play a constructive role in the nation’s development and uphold democratic processes. By promoting peace, unity, and active participation, the Electoral Commission seeks to create a united, stable, peaceful, and prosperous Uganda committed to socio-economic transformation.

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