Civil Society Plans To Block Elections Over Amendements

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In short
Civil society organizations are considering seeking a court injunction to block the 2016 general elections unless key electoral reforms are instituted.

Civil society organizations are considering seeking a court injunction to block the 2016 general elections unless key electoral reforms are instituted.

Under their umbrella platform, the Free and Fair Elections campaign, the activists have also threatened to drag Parliament to court for what they term as complete disregard of the views and concerns of citizens to pass the Constitutional Amendment Bill 2015, two weeks ago.

MPs voted to approve Article 60 Clause (1) of the Constitution changing the name of the Electoral Commission (EC) to the Independent Electoral Commission.

Article 83 Clause (1) (g) of the Constitution was also amended allowing Independent MPs to cross to a political party of their choice in a period of twelve months to the end of the Parliament term. 

The twelve months period is to allow time to the independent MPs to participate in the party primaries of the party to which they have crossed. This position also applies to all elected leaders at the Local Government level.

Addressing the media in Kampala today, the activists decried failure by Parliament to push for a total overhaul of the EC and reinstatement of presidential term limits, among others.

Irene Ovonji-Odida, Action Aid International Board Chairperson, notes that the reforms passed are shallow and not reflective of the interests of Ugandans.

Odida reveals that apart from dragging Parliament to court over the MPs actions, they will seek a court injunction to block any future election unless their demands are met.

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Cue Out:…in 2016//

Arthur Larok, the Executive Director of Action Aid says the recently passed bill failed to pass the test on pushing for democracy and transparency ahead of the elections.

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Angella Asiimwe, the legal officer at Center for Constitutional Governance, Uganda, notes that MPs focused on creation of new districts, which depicts a selfish trend in the House.

She urges the electorate to vote them out and elect more transparent representatives.

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Cue Out:…of Ugandans//

 

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Olive Eyotaru
Olive Eyotaru is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Eyotaru has been a URN staff member since February 2015.

Eyotaru started practising journalism while still studying at Uganda Christian University. She was a reporter with Ultimate Media Consult Ltd between 2005 and 2007.

In 2009, Eyotaru joined Monitor Publications Limited, under KFM Radio as a parliamentary and business reporter. Consequently, Eyotaru started writing for the Daily Monitor newspaper until January 2015, when she moved to URN.

She is interested in reporting about politics, health, human rights, business and sports.