Democratic Party president, Norbert Mao, says his citizenship has been de-gazetted and while non-Ugandans are going to vote, he will not.
“I am not the first martyr,” Mao said Wednesday morning while discussing the National Identity card issue ahead of 2016 alongside NRM’s legal representative, Hussein Kashillingi.
Mao who was seeking nomination on the DP ticket to run for Gulu Municipality MP seat was last week disqualified by the electoral commission on grounds that he had no identity card and voters card.
“My case wasn’t handled properly which is why I petitioned the Electoral Commission.”
He said the EC has asked Gulu registrar to sign his papers after striving to get onto the register for 4 months now.
“I really got back on my feet in July when the process of registration was done. I have not been negligent.”
Mao said as a responsible citizen, he went to his polling station to check and there was no one as EC cited lack of adequate funds.
“There are provisions under which e.g. Besigye [Kizza-the FDC presidential candidate] was once nominated in absentia and UPDF are currently being registered,” Mao said wondering why his case was so different.
He said the debacle during NRM Primaries was because of a compromised voters’ register.
“EC signed a data sharing MoU with URA, Internal Affairs, UBOS. How come not even my PIN showed up?”
He added: “EC relied on national ID data compiled by UPDF which is manning the project. UPDF’s impartiality is also questionable.”
Mao said he has been told by “third parties” that President Yoweri Museveni is not happy with his support for Amama Mbabazi.
“I only decided to run for MP on Nov 23, 2015. I left Parliament voluntarily after two terms of a stellar career.”
Mao insisted he would rather miss on the register and maintain his honor.
The DP president said he was not asking to be treated in a special way but since battle lines have been drawn, he is ready to fight on.
“When I question integrity of National Voters Register [NVR], I have evidence. Foreigners including refugees were registered and some have national ID.”
He said the National ID database is different from voters’ register.
“I have an American ID but I can’t vote. If the process is closed, why are returning UPDF soldiers being registered? This is happening under what provision?”
He added: “I’m meeting EC tomorrow. I expect them to be reasonable given that soldiers are registering. Stonewalling doesn’t help.”
Kashillingi, the NRM, lawyer, said information was extrapolated by EC from national ID register to compile voters’ register.
He said people are only deleted from the NVR when they die or go into exile.
“Mao says Mbabazi allegiance cost him nomination. By time NVR was compiled, JPAM was yet to announce ambitions,” Kashillingi pointed out.
He said if Mao can line up a few hundreds of disenfranchised voters (not on NVR), then EC should look at this differently.
“If I see Mao voting in 2016, I’ll know that integrity of the National Voters’ Register has been tampered with,” he concluded.