Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party officials
have opposed the new Electoral Commission guidelines requiring candidates to
seek police clearance before holding political gatherings.
The FDC party Spokesperson, Ibrahim
Ssemuju Nganda says it is illegal and unconstitutional for the Commission to
abuse what he calls the right of candidates to hold political meetings.
According to Ssemuju, they will fight
the regulation by all means and should court fail to help them, they will go
out of their way to defy it.
''Cue in: “The minister responsible…
Cue out….means defying it”''
Francis Mwijukye, the Buhweju County MP, says what
EC is doing is surrendering its mandate and powers to the police forces,
something he warns will antagonize the country’s democracy since police will
now have powers to block some candidates.
He appealed to EC to reconsider its
decision on that matter before nominations to avoid clashing with politicians.
//''Cue in: “I am surprised to learn….
Cue out…. law and order” ''
//''Cue in: “Akakiiko k’ebyokulonda….
Cue out….nti gundi ogende”''
Speaking at the same meeting, Ssemuju
hinted on some of the resolutions by the FDC National Executive Committee,
which include dispatching teams from their headquarters to different parts of
the country to hear and resolve conflicts resulting from the party primaries.
He said the party president, Amuriat Oboi Patrick and
National Chairperson, Wasswa Biriggwa will visit Acholi sub region while Salam
Musumba and Francis Mwijukye will proceed to Kasese region.