Ugandans Embrace New Electoral Reform Proposals


page http://contactburlco.org/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-theme-install-list-table.php sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>The drive seeks to mobilise all Ugandans to rally behind the new proposals put together by opposition members and civil society on the country’s electoral system.

Upon launching the initiative in Makerere last month, opposition leaders of the five top opposition parties embarked on the cross country mobilisation campaign starting with Mbarara, Bushenyi, Masaka and Jinja districts. Today, they will be in Soroti.

According to Uganda People’s Congress, President Mr Olara Otunnu, residents in the areas they have traversed, have expressed promising interest in the reforms.

He described the reception they received in the districts as “enthusiastic, warm and very encouraging”.

“In all the areas we went to, one thing came out very clear that Ugandans are yearning for democracy,” he said.

Some of the proposals in the electoral reforms put across include; disbandment of the current Electoral Commission, stoppage of use of public resources in campaigns, and military involvement, among others.

Otunnu said, however, that while the opposition had done their part, the onus now remained on President Yoweri Museveni to accept the reforms.

“It takes two to tangle. On our side of our dance, we have put forward these carefully thought reform proposals as the alternative arrangement,” he said.

“It’s now upon president to come up with a response. But if this doesn’t work out and the people of Uganda realize that all hopes for a free and fair election are completely blocked, the responsibility will be entirely on him.”


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