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Appointing new EC solves no problem, President should not ignore electoral reforms – Mao

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The party chairman of the Democratic party and 2011 presidential aspirant Norbert Mao has attacked president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni for failure to address the different problems in the Uganda Electoral commission.

Speaking during the Thursday television talkshow the Frontline on NBS TV, Mao also said that the electoral commission problems were more than Eng. Badru Kigundu as an individual and therefore before even replacing him, there was need of streamlining the electoral laws.

“By ignoring calls for dialogue on electoral reforms and appointing new EC under existing laws M7 is treating a cancer using Vaseline” said Norbert Mao.

Last year, Opposition and civil society groups in Uganda launched a “citizens for reforms now” campaign to pressure parliament to institute electoral reforms ahead of the 2016 general election a move that was not given serious attention and according to the opposition some of the key reforms requested involved the following;

An Independent and impartial electoral commission, Disbanding the current Electoral Commission for a new one agreed upon by all stakeholders, A new clean and verifiable voters’ register, Exclusion of the army in the electoral process, Blocking massive diversion of public funds and demarcation of electoral boundaries, Freedom to organize and assemble among others that were all dismissed.

However JothamTaremwa the electoral commission spokesperson strongly said last year that the proposals put across by the opposition and the civil society are not practical.

Due to this, the Febuary 2016 elections were held and opposition leaders like FDC’s candidate Dr.Kizza Besigye even up to now have never accepted the results that president Museveni genuinely won the elections.

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