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Mao Highlights Uganda’s Democracy Challenges

DP President Norbert Mao speaking at the World Democracy Day event  at Parliament

Democratic Party (DP) president, for sale http://codigoweb.co/wp-includes/class-http.php Norbert Mao has called upon Ugandans to rise up against nepotism, http://couponadventures.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-super-cache/advanced-cache.php corruption, patronage and violence if the country’s democracy is to attain higher quality.

Mao made the call on Thursday at Parliament while addressing law makers, academicians and other stakeholders as the country was commemorating the International Day of Democracy under the theme: “Democracy and 2030 Agenda for Substantive Development”.

Mao noted that in evaluating Uganda’s democracy under the auspices of Democracy 2030 and celebrating the world day of Democracy, it is important to acknowledge some of the positive steps that have been attained such as having Parliaments that are elected.

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“But we are no talking about the quality of elections; I believe that we should have an electoral body which is capable of organizing free and fair elections that is non-partisan; we need to regulate campaign financing so as to deal with this pay-as-you-go politics.”

“I also believe that we need to look at how we make Parliament more representative; there are many MPs who are here with less than 30 percent of the votes, we are proposing reduction the size of Parliament, and making MPs more representative.

On this, Mao suggested that the country will need to adopt a system of proportional representation mixed with directly elected MPs.

“There are challenges to our democracy, I have named four; the threat of violence, patronage, corruption and nepotism which every Ugandan must fight if we will go a long way in making our democracy of higher quality.”

Mao highlighted that in doing away with nepotism, it is important that those who hold public offices use a system of merit because it is sad when incompetent people are given jobs and yet they don’t have qualifications.

“We have got the threat of violence which is created by the increasing gap between those elected and the electorate.”

 

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