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Ssekandi: Ugandans Abroad To Vote


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“A legal framework to support the National Diaspora Policy will soon be put in place for the promotion of dual citizenship and extension of voting rights and participation in the local electoral process,” he said.

At the same conference that brought together Ugandans in North America, Oxfam International Executive Director, Eng Winnie Byanyima said that it is time to “give Ugandans their political rights to vote using technology from where they are around the world.”

Byanyima pointed out that 115 countries around the world grant this right to their citizens living away to take part in the local elections and Uganda needs to get on board.

“It is time for Africa and Uganda too, to give Diasporans their political rights and vote from wherever they are,” she noted.

“Sometimes, our governments when there is technology to shorten distances between us ,they put in place policies to even make it longer. We need to be facilitated to take part wherever we might be. Distance should not be a problem.”

Ssekandi said there is need to involve the Ugandans living abroad in the national planning process by creating platforms to enable them take part in national development and policy formulation.

The Vice President called upon the Diaspora community to invest in Uganda since there is a lot of potential and market access.

“There is need for you to appreciate the reasons for investing in Uganda, now that it is a liberalised economy. Government encourages Private Public Partnerships in that regard and this networking will avail great opportunities which Ugandans in the Diaspora can exploit,” he emphasised.

He promised that government would also make available Diaspora loans and forex accounts and also observe the Diaspora week every year.

The Ugandan North America Association has held annual conventions over 20 different states in the United States of America.

The association is this year celebrating 25 years of existence with the theme ‘Harnessing the power of the Diaspora’.

The convention was attended by over 1000 delegates from North America, Europe and Africa. Several Ministers, MPs and other government and business people from Uganda are also in attendance.


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