The public relations officer Electoral Commission (EC), Jotham Taremwa, has said that electoral reforms will not bring about free and fair elections.
Taremwa was addressing a group of over 40 journalists from Bunyoro region at Crown Hotel in Hoima town during a half day regional workshop for medial personalities held on 26th March 2015.
“It is me and you plus the public that are going to create free and fair elections but not electoral reforms,” he said.
“The argument of people who wants electoral reforms is that the current electoral commission is leaning on the NRM ruling party. If so, how come people from different political parties at parliamentary level and district level win elections?” he wondered.
Taremwa, however, noted that much as he is not against electoral reforms, the agitators should not advance the reasoning of Electoral Commission being one sided.
He highlighted on some of the activities that have been implemented in the road map for 2016 general elections as re-organizing of polling stations, administrative reforms, technological reforms, engagement with various stake holders, initiated procurement process among others.
When contacted to comment on the statement made by the PRO Electoral Commission, the General Secretary Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Masindi, Isaac Bongmin, said that they want the electoral process where all political parties are fully involved and they do not want the chairperson to be appointed by the president, something that makes him biased since he will have to pay alliance to the appointing authority.
Bongmin who is also the speaker for Central Division’s council in Masindi municipality further pointed out that opposition only wins elective posts in urban areas only because people in rural areas are intimidated by soldiers deployed by the state and the electoral commission remains silent.