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DP Wrangles Could Halt Their Participation in 2016 Elections

DP Spokesperson Paul Kakande with Fred Mwesigwa the Party Presidential Press Secretary

The long awaited Constitutional Amendment Bill 2015 that seeks to revise some of the articles and clauses in the 1995 Constitution has been finally released.

The Parliamentary communications department on Tuesday evening sent the said bill to journalists just a day before the Parliament resumes from Sine Dine adjournment on Thursday.

According to the copy seen by ChimpReports, order http://chagoscantina.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/class.jetpack-bbpress-json-api-compat.php the major changes include creation of a new Electoral Commission with a new name: Independent Electoral Commission.

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A Tribunal is also going to be created to be the watchdog of the new commission`s activities and its officials.

Another area to be amended is increasing the retirement age of Supreme Court Judges and High Court Judges from 70 years to 75 years and from 65 years to 70 years respectively.

ChimpReports will be bring the details on this shortly

 

 
The increased wrangles within the opposition Democratic Party are now threating to the party’s involvement in the 2016 general elections.

Following the bickering and alleged malpractice in the party grass root elections particularly on village and parish level, there http://citybreakguide.ro/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/sync/class.jetpack-sync-listener.php a section of DP members have sought court redress desiring that court would order the party executive committee to withdraw the party roadmap.

A group led by Peter Ocheng and Joseph Balikubembe filed a case before the Civil division of the High Court in Kampala opposing the Mbale Delegates Conference (DC) which ushered in the current leadership and demand for new electoral reforms calling for setting up of an independent party electoral commission to conduct all party elections.

The group has declined to accept any results that have so far been collected during the on-going party primaries.

“If the group secures an injunction against the party’s Delegates Conference (DC), http://comefare.com/wp-includes/class-wp-user-meta-session-tokens.php it is feared that the party roadmap leading to leadership renewal will be affected and this might in the long run cause the party to be deregistered and disqualified from participating in the general elections if it doesn’t meet the National EC requirements on time,” the party spokesperson, Paul Kenneth Kakande told journalists at the party headquarters in Kampala.

DP’s spokesperson thus called upon all aggrieved members to consider withdrawing the court case for the good of the party, urging that court won’t help solve the bickering within the party.

Kakande appealed to members not to freeze party activities but rather address their grievances through the laid down party structures such as the National Executive Committee Tribunal.

“These members must understand that by all means the party must be left to convene its delegate’s conference since it’s through such an avenue that the desired reforms can be discussed and achieved if approved by the delegates,” Kakande noted.

He on the other noted Kakande warned the National Electoral Commission under the leadership of Eng. Badru Kiggundu against the use of the National ID data to compile a new voters’ register to be used during the general elections next year.

Kakande observed that most people that appear on the old voters’ register didn’t register for the National ID and scrapping the old register would be hindering many people from exercising their constitutional rights to choose the leaders of their choice.

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