Most of their campaign posters that were pinned along Gulu Main street, Coronation road, Ring road, Market Street and Bank Lane among others have disappeared without any trace. Patrick Oola Lumumba, the Gulu City FDC party chairperson told URN today Monday that the campaign posters of their candidates were either or torn covered by Museveni’s posters.
He noted that the defacing started about two weeks ago, saying that he personally lost several of his posters pinned in different locations. Oola suspects that this is the handwork of agents of the ruling NRM party. He has threatened to forward the matter to Electoral Commission for redress.
On Sunday evening and this morning, our reporter toured various streets in Gulu city and indeed discovered that campaign posters of FDC candidates were either defaced or covered by Museveni's posters. The reporter also observed that a few campaign posters of Museveni had also been defaced or covered by the posters of opposition candidates.
Early last week, Simon Wokorach alias Batak, the chairperson Gulu City Boda-boda Association revealed that they had received information that some boda boda operators in Gulu and other parts of Acholi sub region are being used to deface campaign posters.
Section 82 (2) of the parliamentary Elections Act 2005, makes it illegal to deface campaign posters. It states that a person who maliciously tears, defaces and removes a poster of a nominated candidate commits an offence is liable upon conviction to a fine not exceeding twenty currency points or imprisonment not exceeding one year or both.