EC dismisses FDC’s P10 militia amid UK protests


The electoral commission has once more dismissed Forum for Democratic Change group Power 10 [P10] as a militia that will not be allowed to take part in elections.

The opposition party insists P10 was only formed to monitor elections and ensure the votes are not stolen by the sitting government.

The Uganda Diaspora Pro-Democracy Group labelled Museveni a “dictator” and accused him of holding “sham” elections slated for 18/2/16.

The planned a demonstration that saw Ugandan exiles living in the United Kingdom protesting against President Yoweri Museveni’s overstay in power on Monday.

Around a dozen Ugandan exiles, all UK residents, reports IBTimes, stood outside Uganda House, home of the Ugandan embassy in London, on 8 February, to call for voters to choose either of Musevenis two opponents.

“Uganda’s problem is 30 years overdue. We want to tell the world Ugandans are tired. They dont want Museveni,” Richard Okwon, a political activist for Uganda Transformation Union, told IBTimes UK.

In a statement, P10 said 18th February, 2016 “is the day power returns to Ugandan citizens. This will be ensured by POWER 10 Strategy”.

“If you want to vote Dr. Besigye, don’t give him only one vote. Please mobilise and recruit 10 more votes for him.”

It urges people to get out on that day, go in time to the polling station to cast their votes.

“After voting, protect the vote. You cannot protect it alone! Please be 10 to Protect the vote. 10, 10, 10, at your respective polling stations. After casting and protecting the vote, the final task is to protect victory. The winner must be declared and the loser must accept defeat.”

EC dismisses group

EC spokesperson, Jotham Taremwa says they met with an FDC delegation over the weekend.

“We were not convinced by their P10 argument. We still think it’s a militia.”

Taremwa said the camps can tally results for purposes of gauging their stand but can’t announce own results.

“Only EC announces results.”

He said voting time is 7am to 4pm.

“If you are in line by 4pm, you will still be able to vote.”

In defence, P10 calls itself a group of pro-change Ugandans living in the Diaspora – Europe, North America, Asia, Australia, and parts of Africa.

“We Ugandans in alliance with friends of Uganda are united with the purpose of causing a legitimate and peaceful change of governance in Uganda. As Ugandans in the Diaspora, we embrace diversity and acknowledge that we contribute substantively to the Ugandan economy, and to development of human resources, as well as enhancing quality of life of many Ugandans.”

The P10 Diaspora is the civil response to the call by the FDC Presidential Flag Bearer, Col (Rtd) Dr Kizza Besigye for grass-root mobilization structure to canvass support, and protect the votes meant for Dr. Besigye on polling day.

Its purpose is to generate awareness about how people can effectively exercise “peoples’ power” to cause the desired change, and to eliminate the attendant fears associated with the NRM violence during elections.

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