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Masses to Storm Parliament Over Proposed Election Extension

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The news of postponement of the 2016 Polls which was broken by this website mid last month has generated a lot of disparagement amongst many other opposition parties and civil society.


Ruling NRM party leadership and the Electoral Commission have vehemently denied knowledge about the move.


Lawyers, Joseph Mukwaya, and Tiberius Musinguzi to whom the “Presidential, Parliamentary and LC extension Bill 2014” is a brainchild, cite a number of loopholes that need to be addressed for Uganda to hold a free and fair election.


“The Political governance issues that are very much handled by Parliament and the Executive are still weak hence a need to avail time to harmonise all existing loopholes in Uganda’s institutions as panacea to have free and fair elections,” reads the seven- Clause Bill in part.


FDC Party Secretary General, Hon Alice Alaso, addressing press this morning said this was an attempt to by the President Museveni-led NRM to abuse the national constitution, run away from responsibility and circumvent accountability.


“You very well know that every after five years we as leaders are required by the constitution to go back to our voters and account for the time we have spent in office and justify our reinstallation back into those offices.”


“As a party, we cherish and support constitutionalism and would give anything defend it. This Bill is unconstitutional, and we’ll fight it to the end.”


The party, she noted would embark on a massive mobilization of the citizens to march to parliament and block the discussion of the Bill once tabled for discussion.


The Bill promoters claim that, while the country craves to have free and fair elections, there is not much time left to have the recently drafted electoral reforms enacted and thus implemented in the nearing polls, only one and half years way.


“The rational is to avail time to harmonize all loopholes in order to cope with the current democratic and good governance structures,” they claim.


Among some the proposed electoral reforms unveiled by opposition and civil society members last month, is disbandment of the current ‘inept’ Electoral Commission, disengagement of the Military from the electoral processes, and restoration of term limits.


This, however, is groundless according to Alice Alaso: “Who among the [Bill Movers] was absent when presidential term limits were scrapped in less than three months?”


“We have more than one and a half years to sort out these issues and have the reforms rolled out. If you can create a lifetime dictatorship in 3 months, you cannot fail to put up a working Electoral Commission in a week.”


She noted further that the move was solely president Museveni’s plot to extend his stay in office, realising that age was catching up with him.

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