The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has been at the forefront of agitating for free and fair elections from the (Uganda) Electoral Commission.
As they say charity begins at home and thus it is imperative upon the FDC Electoral Commission to organize free and fair elections.
As a Member of Parliament for Kampala City, I was greatly shocked and alarmed by the many voting irregularities in the FDC grass root elections in Kampala City.
These included among others the loss of the Kampala City FDC register; fraudulent process of registration; presiding officers not turning up in the designated polling centers; and deletion of registered members from the Kampala City FDC register.
I did report all the above anomalies in detail to the FDC Electoral Commission.
I did also publish the anomalies on my Facebook page since FDC must be accountable to the public and also bring about transparency in the party.
In light of the undeniable irregularities, the Chairperson of the FDC Electoral Commission responded as follows: “It is absurd that her personal interests are overriding the interests of the party; we understand during times of elections, many people tend to field structures that are agreeable to them with the aim of achieving some electoral positions. We have a mechanism of handling such irregularities; let her petition the process other than running to the media that will give no solution.”
With the above response from the Chairperson of the FDC Electoral Commission I am more than convinced that the Chairperson of the FDC Electoral Commission has lost credibility and cannot organize free and fair elections any more.
It must be noted that as FDC members, we must not be denied our right to choose our party structures and decide the destiny of our Party.
But under the prevailing circumstances, I am left with no choice but to withdraw my candidature from the Secretary General Position at the forthcoming elections to be held on Friday 12th June 2015.
Naggayi Nabilah Sempala, Kampala Woman MP (FDC)
FDC Secretary for Culture and Religious Affairs,
Shadow Minister for Information