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UPC Welcomes Besigye’s Strategy of Boycotting 2016 Elections

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“We, therefore, call upon the Ugandan citizens to join in the redemption fight to ensure that an independent EC is instituted which doesn’t work under the directives of the current government but is driven to benefit the voters in having free, fair and meaningful elections,” Bossa added.


The UPC Vice President further reminded Ugandans never think of anything constructive from the current government because it is only the government that is in power through free and fair elections that can work to benefit its citizens but not the one that came to power through killings, intimidation and rigging of votes.


Bossa explained that UPC issued out a statement in August 2010 to effect no involvement in the elections without overhauling the Electoral Commission and that opposition should never think of ever gaining power if the EC is still appointed by the NRM party president.


“These were the very reasons why our party fell out of Inter-Party Coalition (IPC) in 2010 after convincing all the other members that it was meaningless to participate in the 2011 general elections without an overhaul of the current EC but these went on and disappointed us,” Bossa emphasized.


When asked why the party president went on to participate in the election campaigns but later didn’t turn up to cast the ballot, Bossa said; “President Olara Otunnu got involved in the recent campaigns with the aim of using the campaigns as a platform to inform Ugandans about the need for an independent EC if free and fair elections are to prevail as the only way to redeem the citizens from the current regime”.


“This is the very reason why Otunnu didn’t cast his vote because he knew that getting involved in the voting process is just meaningless. After all, the winner is always determined before the entire process,” Bossa added.


Bossa, however, pointed out that their involvement in the coming 2016 general elections will be determined by the realisation of their demand for an overhaul of the current EC.


Similarly, while addressing a weekly press briefing on August 28, this year, Otunnu called upon all political parties, civil societies and democracy seeking citizens of Uganda to prepare a proposal of revamping the EC and the basket of demands for what constitutes free and fair elections to president Museveni before the general elections in 2016.


“If Museveni and the NRM refuse to revamp and overhaul the electoral system, then Ugandans should not participate in escorting Museveni to yet another sham exercise,” Otunnu stressed.


Otunnu pointed out four ways of causing a regime change in the country which include; organising a coup, a military take-over, through genuine elections and through a popular appraisal.


“We, UPC, are opposed to two actions; war and military take-over and we are embarking on fostering for free and fair elections,” he added.


“In the event that the NRM regime totally blocks this move, then we are left with one option that the people of Uganda should take, that is to assume their responsibility to shape their own destiny and to remove the regime through popular appraisal.”

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