Nganda: Museveni uses army to restrain political rivals

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Ssemujju Nganda

The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) says skeptical about the impartiality of the Electoral Commission.

In its current form, the Electoral Commission cannot deliver a free and credible election prescribed in the Constitution, said FDC party spokesperson, Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda on Monday.

He said the Electoral Commission headed by Justice Simon Byabakama has displayed signs of bias publicly in favour of President Museveni who handpicked them.

The processes leading to compilation and display of the voters’ register are contested and remain unresolved, he noted.

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The Electoral Commission stopped registering voters in December last year more than a year to the next general elections, claimed Nganda.  

And in their new register, they have omitted Ugandans who have kept registering with National Identification and Registration of Persons Authority (NIRA).

“There are citizens who registered with NIRA but are missing on the voters register yet the credibility of any election depends for a big part of the credibility of the register.”

He said the laws relating to elections are not yet passed, yet the first batch of elections in due in less than two months.

“In many parts of the country, election-related activities meant to be managed by Electoral Commission, biased as it is, have been abandoned to Residential District Commissioners (RDC) and Internal Security Organisation (ISO).”

“The EC must disclose names and background of all officials appointed so far to man elections.”

According to Nganda, the EC must stop Museveni and security from interfering with the activities of his competitors.

“Our mobilization has a party has and is being interfered with by Police and UPDF. They are also disrupting activities of other political platforms such as People Power.”

He added: “The Electoral Commission has a duty to stop Police, UPDF and Museveni from disrupting election-related activities.”

Internal processes

The party said it continued with general mobilisation throughout the country despite state harassment.

The Party President Eng. Patrick Amuriat, Secretary-General Hon. Nathan Nandala Mafabi and Treasurer General Hon. Geoffrey Ekanya are in Eastern Uganda.

They will preside over celebrations to mark the 15 years of the FDC in Mbale, Bugiri, Iganga, Jinja, Njeru, Lugazi, and Mukono this week.

They will also hold rallies in Butebo and Pallisa.

The Youth, Women and People with Disabilities leagues are also in the field identifying and selecting candidates for the forthcoming April national elections of interest groups.

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