A Facebook post published on January 10 claims that the Electoral Commission of Uganda allegedly announced separate voting dates for different presidential candidates in order to supposedly curb the spread of COVID-19.
A tweet published on the Twitter Public Policy account on January 12, indicated that internet service providers in Uganda were ordered to block social media and messaging apps ahead of the polling date.
Ahead of the Ugandan election, we're hearing reports that Internet service providers are being ordered to block social media and messaging apps.
We strongly condemn internet shutdowns – they are hugely harmful, violate basic human rights and the principles of the #OpenInternet.
— Twitter Public Policy (@Policy) January 12, 2021
Some social media users have previously shared misleading information about the elections, including the circulation of fake ballot paper images and false information on voter registration which Piga Firimbi looked into.
There is no information regarding a change in polling dates on the electoral commission’s official Twitter, Facebook accounts as well as its website which have routinely been updating citizens about the upcoming general elections. There is also no media report on the alleged change of dates.
On the contrary, the commission’s media and public relations manager Paul Bukenya on January 10 reiterated that the presidential and parliamentary elections will be held on January 14, and urged the public to ignore claims suggesting other dates.
.@PaulBukenya: The polling date for Presidential and General Parliamentary (Directly-elected MP and District Woman MP) Elections will be Thursday 14th January 2021.
Please ignore any message suggesting other and/alternating dates for the various elective positions.
— Electoral Commission- Uganda (@UgandaEC) January 10, 2021
Disregard this information. It is misleading. The Electoral Commission informs the general public that polling date for Presidential and Parliamentary Elections is 14th January 2021. pic.twitter.com/UdxhgHEuhp
— Electoral Commission- Uganda (@UgandaEC) January 12, 2021
Claims that the Electoral Commission of Uganda has announced separate voting dates for different presidential candidates are FALSE.