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Report: Women Participation in 2016 Elections Improves

UWONET executives launching the new report at Hotel Africana

Chairman Eng. Badru Kiggundu has discredited claims that the plane carrying the first batch of ballot papers made a stopover in Rwanda to offload some of them.

Kiggundu told journalists on Tuesday that the airway bill issued by the Ethiopian Airlines which carried the papers from South Africa indicates that there was no stop over at all.

“The airplane left Thambo International Airport, drugs http://denafilmax.com/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/includes/shortcodes/class-wc-shortcode-cart.php Johannesburg in South Africa and the airport of destination is indicated as Entebbe Airport. The ballot papers were received in specified quantities and qualities.”

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He further dismissed allegations that the Electoral Commission is not aware of the correct number of ballot papers delivered on January 28.

“We received a total of 15, http://cccnt.com.au/wp-content/plugins/the-events-calendar/common/vendor/composer/autoload_static.php 987,800 ballot papers for Presidential elections so we hope this corrects the wild allegations.”

A total of 361 pallets comprising of ballot papers for Local Government councils elections will arrive at Entebbe International Airport this afternoon at 4pm.

Meanwhile Kiggundu said the commission will later today be receiving the second batch of ballot papers.

The consignment he says contains ballot papers for elections of District Chairpersons, District Directly elected councilors and sub county women councilors.

EC will also proceed with public demonstration of the biometric voter verification system in all districts. The next exercise will happen on February 6 starting 7am until 4pm at each district EC head office.

“The demonstration which was conducted at our district offices was successful and members of the public interacted and appreciated the system,” said Eng. Kiggundu.

He urged the candidates, their agents and the general public to participate in the exercise to learn about the operation of then biometric system.
General David Sejusa who Tuesday morning started hearing the charges leveled against him in the General Court Martial in Makindye, viagra 40mg http://deal2deal.co.in/components/com_k2/views/itemlist/tmpl/category_item.php is unlikely to get a fair trial according to his liberation movement named “Free Uganda.”

The Court Martial chaired by Maj Gen Levi Karuhanga this morning read out charges against the former spymaster that included participating in political party activities contrary to Section 16 of the Political Parties and Organizations Act. He was also accused of insubordinate behavior contrary to 136 of the UPDF Act.

Others charges included Absence without leave (having lefty the country and exiled himself in the UK for 20 months) as well as Conduct prejudicial to good order and discipline.

Free Uganda, http://cirgroup.com/typo3conf/ext/rtehtmlarea_api_manual/ext_conf.php which Gen Sejusa founded while in exile in London, http://charlieacourt.com/wp-content/plugins/official-topspin-wordpress-plugin/classes/ts_query.php said in brief statement that they had no hope that their man would get any justice from the court.

Dubbing this as “Kangaroo Court Proceedings,” the group said Sejusa himself was aware that, “Only Ugandan People will deliver justice.”

“General Sejusa is fully aware that it will be the people of Uganda who will free him from bondage. Only the People will be the judges on the fate of General David Sejusa are the people of Uganda,” stressed the group.

 
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The Court Martial chaired by Maj Gen Levi Karuhanga this morning read out charges against the former spymaster that included participating in political party activities contrary to Section 16 of the Political Parties and Organizations Act. He was also accused of insubordinate behavior contrary to 136 of the UPDF Act.

Others charges included Absence without leave (having lefty the country and exiled himself in the UK for 20 months) as well as Conduct prejudicial to good order and discipline.

Free Uganda, http://coachesacrosscontinents.org/wp-content/plugins/contact-form-7/includes/config-validator.php which Gen Sejusa founded while in exile in London, said in brief statement that they had no hope that their man would get any justice from the court.

Dubbing this as “Kangaroo Court Proceedings,” the group said Sejusa himself was aware that, “Only Ugandan People will deliver justice.”

“General Sejusa is fully aware that it will be the people of Uganda who will free him from bondage. Only the People will be the judges on the fate of General David Sejusa are the people of Uganda,” stressed the group.

 
Women organisations under the Women’s Democracy Network have Tuesday at Hotel Africana in Kampala released a report on Gender and Women’s participation in the 2016 general elections, web http://cuencahighlife.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/mobile-push.php showing an improvement as compared to the 2011 general elections.

The report was compiled from monitoring the electoral process in 25 districts of Uganda through collecting data on various stages of the election process vis-à-vis the participation of women.

According to the Uganda Women Network (UWONET) Executive Director, sale Ritah Aciro, sildenafil the report presents an assessment of key issues which include; the legal frame work for the campaigns and the extent to which the rights of women and men are upheld, level of access to resources for women and men candidates;

The number of women standing as candidates, access to media for men and women candidates, measures by Political parties and Electoral Commission to ensure equal participation of women and men, issues promoted by candidates and extent to which they address specific issues affecting women and the effects of violence on women’s participation in the electoral process.

Among others, the report pointed out an increment in the number of women attending campaign rallies in comparison to previous elections. This was partly attributed to the sensitization about the importance of their participation in politics by various women organizations.

There is also an increment in the numbers of women who have been nominated to contest on the open seats for Parliament from 23 vs 609 men in 2011 to 83 vs 1223 men in 2016.

The report noted however, “The phenomenon of powerful male politicians- (President Museveni, powerful businessmen) endorsing who should stand as a woman MP is fast becoming the norm thereby accentuating  patronage and  male privilege – all these have long term impact on how and/or what an individual woman leader will deliver,” said the report.

While it was discovered that limited resources are affecting the campaign programs of both men women, the researchers found out that women face a bigger challenge due to the gaps in access to resources between men and women in Uganda.

At the presidential level for instance, Ms. Maureen Kyalya postponed her campaigns due to lack of funds three weeks into the campaigns for presidential candidates which began on November 9, 2015.

In terms of special considerations for women within political parties, the report noted that some political parties like Forum for Democratic Change have provided nomination fees to women candidates standing for MP who are not incumbents. FDC did not charge any nomination fees for all its candidates standing for elective office at various levels.

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