New EC Disappoints Youth Activist

Youth activists under the Youth Coalition for Change (YCC) have criticized President Museveni for “continuously undermining the calls for electoral reforms.”

President Yoweri Museveni on Friday morning nominated a new team to take over from Eng Badru Kiggundu’s at the Electoral Commission, price and forwarded it to Parliament for approval.

Appeal Judge Simon Mugenyi Byabakama was nominated chairperson, to be deputized by Hajjat Aisha Lubega. Others are Peter Emorut, Steven Tashobya, Prof George Piwang, and Mustapha Ssebaggala Kigozi.

“To me there is nothing to write home about the changes in the Electoral Commission (EC). Ugandans sat at Hotel Africana and came up with a wholesome document (Citizen Compact) proposing how EC business in Uganda should be handled,” YCC National Coordinator, Robert Mayanja said.

Mayanja said he was frustrated that these policies were overlooked by the ruling NRM on the instruction of Mr. Museveni.

“We are only shocked  that he has not chose a family member on the commission because that is the trend these days,” said the youth activist.

While Mayanja and his group expect the new EC team to sail through parliament with ease, he says they will continue to push for electoral reforms where members of the commission are elected more transparently through a much more inclusive process.


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