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EXCLUSIVE: FDC Plan To Oust EC's Kiggundu

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rx http://centthor.com/wp-includes/registration-functions.php geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 115%;”>The top leadership of the party, physician http://coastalsignsinc.com/components/com_k2/lib/recaptchalib.php known as the National Executive Committee (NEC), http://d4462130.u92.platformpublishing.com.au/wp-content/themes/infocus/home.php will under the chairmanship of Maj Gen (Rtd) Mugisha Muntu converge at City Royale Hotel to draw a fresh and robust strategy of pressuring government to disband the present formation of the Electoral Commission (EC) and also remove the army from Parliament.

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FDC publicist Wafula Oguttu was not readily available for comment.

But Francis Mwijukye, a member of the main opposition party’s publicity committee, confimed the development.

“Yes, it is true we want to build momentum in resisting the current composition of the EC. The President appoints the EC boss and dismisses him at will. Remember, the President is also a participant in an election. Tell me how we can get justice which such an Electoral commission?” Mwijukye told Chimpreports on Thursday.


It is widely held in FDC that Kiggundu is an NRM sympathizer, a charge he denies.

“During the Movement system of governance it was the President who would appoint the head of EC. Now we are in the multiparty system but the President is still the person with the authority to appoint the head of EC. It is like having a football match where the referee is appointed by one side – he has to favour it,” charged Mwijukye.

“All we want is a non-partisan EC. Even army MPs should quit Parliament. We faced difficulty in refusing Gen Aronda’s appointment because people were saying ‘he is already here in Parliament.’ So soldiers have to vacate the House.”

He further explained that FDC this time round wants an adjustment on the voting centers of students, saying majority don’t usually have fare to return to their home constituencies during the election period.

“The students are being disenfranchised. We want to see where they can vote from. Schools usually tell them to go home but majority remain at school,” said Mwijukye.

Also on the agenda, FDC will discuss methods of ensuring electoral contestants convicted of electoral malpractices such as bribery; ballot stuffing and violence are not eligible for future elections.

This website understands that the meeting will be chaired by FDC President Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu who has been holding grassroots meeting with FDC supporters in western Uganda for the last few weeks.

Kiggundu, who denies being partisan, recently released the 2016 general elections road map aiming at “putting in place an institutionally strengthened election management board; free, fair and transparent elections; credible accurate and accessible voters’ National register; effective and comprehensive voter education and a more service oriented election management board.”

Asked how FDC’s new strategies will be implemented, Mwijukye said: “we shall send our resolutions to Parliament, Non-governmental Organizations, civil Society and to the international bodies where government is a signatory on agreements where it is required to uphold democracy.”

Towards the 2016 presidential elections, opposition used protests to pressure government to drop the current Electoral commission. The strategy flopped as police arrested protestors.

UPC called for the boycott of the elections, a request that was not embraced by all political parties.

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