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IPOD Council Wants POMA Regulations ratified

According to Musumba, the council discussed the proposed regulations they presented last year to government on the implementation of the Public Order Management Act.
08 Feb 2020 15:43

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The Interparty Organisation for Dialogue-IPOD Council wants government to endorses the proposed regulations for enforcing the Public Order Management Act 2013.

The council, which comprises of Secretary Generals of all political parties with representation in Parliament met on Friday under the leadership of the Forum for Democratic Change-FDC. 

The FDC Secretary General, Nathan Nandala Mafabi, who is the current council chairperson, was represented by the FDC president for Eastern Region, Proscovia Salaamu Musumba.    

  According to Musumba, the council discussed the proposed regulations they presented last year to government on the implementation of the Public Order Management Act. 

The proposed regulations are meant to ensure the law is implemented fairly without abusing the rights of political parties to assemble, organise, mobilise, recruit and express their views.

 

Musumba says that without the regulations there is no conducive environment for political parties to organise ahead of the 2021 elections as it should be in a true multi-party democracy.

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Musumba also says that all resolutions reached by IPOD should be implemented before other activities are taken on. She says that no resolution has been reached except for the summit being able to meet.

Some of the IPOD resolutions include increasing finding to political parties by government and providing a conducive environment for all political parties to operate. IPOD also proposed a couple of electoral reforms, which included the restoration of term limits.

Frank Rusa, the IPOD Secretary says that the dialogue has made some strides for instance with political party heads being issued diplomatic passports upon their request.

 

About POMA regulations, Rusa says they were submitted to the office of the Prime Minister and were forwarded to the National Security Council for discussion.

Rusa also says that he has been asked by the office of the Prime Minister to submit all resolutions taken by IPOD for follow up. He says they will soon meet to discuss the resolutions and their implementation.  

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According to Musumba, the council has also suggested further reforms including political parties paying nomination fees rather than individual aspirants, an audit of technology used in elections and holding elections for all positions on one day. 

The council has also proposed the establishment of District IPODs to replicate dialogue at that level.

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