Residents of Bwijanga Sub County in Masindi district are divided on whether Electoral Commission (EC) has ably sensitized the voters on the roles of political leadership position that several Ugandans are contesting for barely a few months to 2016 general elections.
Divergent opinions emerged during a mock parliament that was chaired by Amara Stephen as speaker at Ikoba boys’ primary school in Bwijanga Sub County on Tuesday organized by Forum for Women in Democracy (FOWODE).
During a debate whose motion was “The role of Electoral Commission in community sensitization of the roles of leaders and whether this has been fulfilled”, one of the residents Isingoma K. Geoffrey argued that EC has not informed the voters on the roles played by leaders at different levels but instead has only mobilized them to go and vote without knowing the essence of voting.
Another resident identified as Joshua Tumukugize said much as the EC issued out a roadmap for the elections, people do not know what will happen and when before alleging that voting for special interest groups never took place yet the money for the exercise was allocated.
He also attributed the errors and delays for issuing national IDs to the weaknesses of the commission whose employees take sides yet they are supposed to be neutral.
However; Erizoni Atuhura one of the elders who attended the mock parliament guided the house to stick to the motion because some of the youth have never voted before since they had never attained the consent age of 18 and they should therefore know as to why they are going to vote and what they should expect out of these who will win elections.
Atuhura noted that because some people do not know the roles of leaders at different levels, was reason as to why they make phone calls to different radio stations accusing their area Members of Parliament of failure to rehabilitate or open up feeder roads.
Moses Tibezinda, the electoral commission supervisor for Bikonzi parish in Bwijanga sub county explained that currently they do not do the role of sensitizing voters on the roles of leaders as it used to be because by the time democratic governance was introduced in Uganda, people started branding EC for being partisan and that is why they are now partnering with CSOs to take some key responsibilities.