Just a day to the elections, for sale http://dailyniropekkha.com/wp-includes/class-ixr.php a group of over 500 mobilisers and supporters of the strongest opposition party FDC and Democratic Party from Kampala and Wakiso districts have crossed to the ruling NRM party.
Addressing journalists on Tuesday afternoon at Serena Hotel, link the group who spoke through their leaders said they had realized they were being hoodwinked the opposition would capture power and enjoy the fruits that come with it but realized this would not happen any sooner.
“We realized that such acts of civil disobedience perpetuated by our leaders could not move the country to the right direction as it deserves. Such incidents that have led to death of people and loss of lives could not be tolerated,” said Aisha Korukundo, an FDC coordinator from Wakiso.
According to the activists they could not continue with the group of people that is determined to bring to a destruction of the development that has been achieved in the recent years.
“We had been maintained on lies by the opposition. Considering what the NRM manifesto is promising to the country especially the youths, we realized the right direction as far as job creation and funds for the youths was the ruling party.”
In an interview with journalists, Jovia Saleh Akandwanaho, under whose office the group was received, said it was a nice gesture that the youth had seen the light and moved away from the acts of defiance that would not lead the country anywhere.
“It is an indicator that most people are not interested in violence and are ready to keep what has been achieved,” Jovia Saleh told journalists.
According to her, most youth need to be educated on where the country has moved from and where it is headed, adding that Uganda cannot return to where it was a few years back but forward.
“They should know they are tomorrow’s leaders and should therefore know what is good and bad for the development of the country,” she urged.
Joviah is the wife of Gen Salim Saleh, the brother of President Yoweri Museveni
The Citizens’ Elections Observers Network-Uganda (CEON-U) yesterday released its final pre-elections report which indicated an increase in voter education, approved http://chicken33.com/commande/wp-includes/simplepie/misc.php but also voter bribery.
The report was released by CEON-U Chairperson, mind http://currencymeter.com/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/includes/class-wc-tracker.php Livingstone Ssewanyana during a media briefing at Hotel Africana in Kampala.
With the Election Day only hours away, CEON-U has deployed its systematically-trained observers across the country to promote participation, deter fraud and impartially assess the process.
Ssewanyana observed that despite the Electoral Commission and civil society preparing well for Election Day, CEON-U has identified several risk factors, including significant increase in voter bribery, which demands attention from all stakeholders as the elections approach.
“CEON-U also used data from its long-term observation to identify 10 hot-spot constituencies, where we will deploy more than 200 observers to help deter fraud and mitigate violence,” Ssewanyana said.
These constituencies are; Rukiga County, Fort Portal Municipality, Bunyole West county, Tororo Municipality, Jinja Municipality West, Lamwo County, Kumi County, Mukono County South, Bwamba County and Vuura in Arua.
CEON-U has been observing the pre-election period since September 2015 with 223 long-term observers (LTOs) across all 112 districts. In the past week (February 8 –14), CEON-U’s LTOs noted a number of issues which could affect the conduct of the election.
“Voter information activities increased since previous weeks, with 94% of observers reporting voter information campaigns in their constituencies. This increase is encouraging, since it is critical that voters have information about where, when and how to vote, particularly given the introduction of the Biometric Voter Verification System (BVVS).”
“As campaigns ramped up this past week, voter bribery also increased. It was reported in 53% of the constituencies observed. This was particularly the case among NRM parliamentary candidate agents,with 48% of observers reporting such activities. Voter bribery was highest in Mid Western (78%reported vote buying) and West Nile (62% reported vote buying) regions.
The report indicates that there has been an increase in deployment of security agents in advance of elections, as reported by 28% of observers. However, no intimidation or violence by security agents was reported.
The campaign environment the past week was mainly peaceful this past week, with only 2% of observers reporting attacks on campaign rallies.
However, hate speech based on ethnicity, gender and religion continued to be reported in approximately 10% of constituencies observed.