FDC, the main opposition political group in Uganda now wants the government to process a Constitutional amendment introducing a 'Transitional Government' which will cater for a situation of no elections at a time when they are constitutionally supposed to take place.
The Forum for Democratic Change
(FDC) Party has opposed
an election in 2021 and instead asked Parliament to consider a Transitional Government for Uganda.
FDC, the main opposition political group in Uganda now wants the
government to process a Constitutional amendment introducing a
'Transitional Government' which will cater for a situation of no elections at a
time when they are constitutionally supposed to take place.
FDC party President Patrick Oboi
Amuriat, together with the Party's Secretary-General Nathan Nandala Mafabi presented the views this
afternoon before the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee of Parliament. The committee is currently collecting
views on the recently released revised roadmap in which the Electoral Commission (EC) announced a ban on open-air
The FDC now says that a meaningful, inclusive
national dialogue should inform the process of forming a transitional
government instead of holding an election under the issued roadmap which, according to the party, exceeds the limits of
discretion constitutionally conferred on the EC or government.
Oboi argues that the EC's
insistence in leading the country to a part- scientific or part- normal
elections which are not backed by the Supreme law is a sham and an absurdity
which would amount to no election.
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FDC says that the current fear,
chaos and confusion on the upcoming election arises from the refusal by the
government to declare a State of Emergency at the earliest opportunity to
enable the management of the country in a transparent and accountable manner
during the COVID-19 crisis.
digitally, there is a genuine
fear that at the eleventh hour, the EC and the government may further exploit the pandemic to impose on us
another aspect of voting digitally within the context of a 'scientific
election' which is not recognised in our constitutional order," Oboi said.
FDC Secretary General Nathan
Nandala Mafabi also told fellow
legislators that there is no person who can effectively campaign without
reaching the people physically since Televisions and Radios target just a few.
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But Jacob Oboth, the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs
Committee Chairperson said that the issue of amending the Constitution is not
before them and the only
options for which views are being sought include holding the election
normally, holding digital campaigns as proposed by the EC or postponing the polls.
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Kaberamaido Woman MP Veronica Bikyetero Elagu said
that their duty is to find ways whether Uganda can have an election or postpone
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Similarly, Monica Amoding, the Kumi
Woman MP further queried the FDC proposal for a transitional government.
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Bugabula South MP Henry Maurice
Kibalya said that the suggestion from the FDC is not helpful to Ugandans.