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Police warns public, media on electoral offenses

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Police warns public, media on electoral offenses

destruction of property and other forms of violence.

But the police is warning the general public to shun violent situations that can land them into prison if caught.
Fred Enanga, the Police spokesperson issued the warning during the force’s weekly press briefing where he also warned political players not to fan flames of hatred and violence in the current elections.

Enanga also warned political rivals against tarnishing the reputations of their competitors by uttering lies at rallies as they convince people to vote for them.

Enanga cited a number of common crimes committed by members of the general public which include; defacing posters of other candidates in designated and acceptable places, intimidating people who share opposite views, forging voter’s identification cards, destroying electoral materials and trying to vote more than once.

Enanga says: “As police we have the mandate to keep law and order and therefore it’s our duty to make sure the law is observed during election period.

On many occasions people break the laws and on arrest they claim they didn’t know they were committing an offense.”
He also warned the media, who are active players in the electoral process, against disseminating lies, fabricating reports, broadcasting unbalanced stories.

He pointed warned that the media faces more stringent restrictions under different laws such as the penal code and the Uganda communication commission act, when they engage in broadcasting or publishing of unbalanced stories.

Meanwhile police is investigating circumstances in which a car in Ssembabule allegedly owned by Mbabazi’s supporter identified was burnt by unknown people in the southern district.

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