The Government says the campaign should be issue based rather than focusing on insulting and attacking other politicians .
In a statement released on 26th May, 2020, Minister of Information, Mark Botomani says Government has noted with concern the direction the presidential elections campaign has taken, especially regarding on personalities.
“It is important that politics that aspire leadership must demonstrate an understanding of state management. Those who would do so would have alot of issues to talk about during campaign. Attacking personalities signifies lack of understanding of issues of National importance”,says Botomani.
Botomani says Government would also like to remind radio and television stations that they have an obligation to avoid broadcasting indecent, insulting and offensive content during this election campaign.
“It is very important that broadcasters should abide by the Communications Act, broadcasting regulations, license conditions and media code of conduct on reporting elections”,says Botomani.
In addition, the Minister has appealed to electoral stakeholders with oversight functions such as PAC,CCJP, CAMA, MHRC and others to monitor, evaluate and advise politicians against indecent , insulting and offensive speech during the campaign.
Meanwhile the government has assured the general public of peace before, during and after elections.