FDC party President Patrick Oboi Amuriat says that proposed means through which government wants political parties to conduct their internal meetings and elections defeat all fundamental human rights provided for under the Constitution.
The Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party has described the proposed regulations for
political Parties and Organisations ahead of the 2021 general elections as
The regulations were presented before
parliament on Thursday, by Justice and Constitutional Affairs Minister Prof. Ephraim
Kamuntu. The regulations, seek to provide guidance on the conduct of
meetings and internal party elections at a time when the world is challenged
with managing crowds in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Under the proposed regulation,
government seeks to waive the requirement of holding delegates conferences to
determine party official candidates for different leadership positions. Instead, it is suggested, that candidates be chosen by an
electoral college and that
the political Parties should hold virtual meetings through video
conferencing, and circulate resolutions to members who are not physically
The members will then take a vote
on major decisions by signing to assent or dissent. The parties will also be
required to hold elections in a phased manner. The government argues that given the COVID-19 pandemic, instead
of risking the lives of members, the parties can disregard their Constitutions
by giving power to the executive committee to employ any of the suggested
These regulations come a few
weeks after the Electoral Commission (EC) issued a revised roadmap for 2021
general elections, in which open-air campaigns were banned. Instead, the
Electoral Commission asked candidates to use digital platforms to reach their
Now the FDC party President
Patrick Oboi Amuriat says that proposed means through which government wants
political parties to conduct their internal meetings and elections defeat all fundamental human rights
provided for under the Constitution.
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Amuriat was on Friday appearing before the
Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee of Parliament which was tasked to scrutinize the proposed regulations. He said that the regulations are not practical since they
provide for lining up behind candidates yet at the same time trying to implement COVID-19 Standard Operating Procedures.
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Amuriat added that the proposal for
candidates to be chosen by an electoral college is
forcefully amending the constitutions of different political parties without
“The Constitution is ours but
Ephraim Kamuntu wants to tell us what to do with our party. He doesn’t have
that liberty, what he will need to do is to join the FDC before he can have a
say on the affairs of the FDC,” he said while advising the committee to reject the regulations.
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FDC Secretary General Nathan Nandala Mafabi said that the
Political Parties are provided for under the Constitution and that their
processes cannot be changed by mere regulations. He appealed to the Committee to have a positive mind while
making recommendations about the new regulations.
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The Legal Committee is set to
interface with the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party and the
Democratic Party (DP) on the proposed regulations and the revised Election roadmap on Monday.