The National Resistance Movement (NRM) will buy airtime for its flag bearers in the forthcoming 2021 general election campaigns, Emmanuel Dombo, the director for information and publicity at the NRM secretariat said on Thursday.
Speaking to the media at the Uganda Journalist Association (UJA) offices in Kawempe, Dombo,said that the party has always facilitated it’s flag bearers by buying airtime on radio and television stations across the country.
“What we are going to do, we are going to buy airtime from various media houses where we shall promote our presidential candidates, parliamentary candidates and local council candidates,”he said.
He said the party is well aware of the difficulties that its flag bearers will face in regard to the Electoral Commission guidelines saying this has been done to enable all aspirants compete effectively.
“The situation cannot be different during these scientific elections and the party has undertaken to facilitate them with the airtime for the campaigns,” said Dombo.
While releasing the revised roadmap, the Electoral Commission (EC) informed the country that during the 2021 general elections, candidates will not be allowed to hold open air mass campaigns due to the Covid-29 pandemic.
Dombo said this is why the party will be buying airtime to promote not only their presidential candidate, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni but also other flag bearers at different levels.
He said the party is negotiating with media houses on the matter to find out the costs and how things will be run to ensure a win for the party at all elective positions.
“We are getting proposals. We want to negotiate a fair deal to benefit us and the media houses since we are going to work together,” Dombo said.