THE FDC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE ELECTION
The two aspirants; Hon. Eng. Patrick Oboi Amuriat and Ambassador Wasswa Biriggwa were supposed to commence joint sub-regional campaign meetings in greater Mukono today but that has been delayed. Each candidate will continue with his separate campaigns up until end of this week when a new date will be announced. The rest of the programme remains as announced last week. These campaigns joint or individual, will be concluded with a delegate’s conference early next month (October).
CHAOTIC AND VIOLENT NRM POLLS
The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) condemns violence and bribery that characterized last Friday National Resistance Movement (NRM) primary elections for parliamentary candidates. Everything that can go wrong during an election, went wrong.
Mr. Museveni, the NRM chairman overthrew the party’s Electoral Commission and the Secretariat and ordered everybody (eligible/none eligible) to participate in these elections.
The violence was headlined by Minister Mwesigwa Rukutana grabbing an AK 47 from a bodyguard and his attempt to shoot supporters of his opponent. As many as six deaths were recorded. Tens of people are in hospital some in critical conditions. Elections in other areas are postponed. There was massive use of the military including the Special Forces Command (SFC) that mainly protects the President.
The amount of money deployed made the exercise look like a procurement and not an election.
The main concern of the FDC is that all these evils will automatically be imported into the general elections. Voters will and are being bribed already. The “magye” is being deployed to stop competitors from carrying out electoral activities. The full state machinery has been deployed to influence the outcome of elections. Mr. Museveni who waged a war because elections were rigged in 1980 is guilt which is the reason he has kept silent.
VIOLATION OF COVID RULES
The opposition has been stopped from addressing rallies, processions and even smaller meetings. As the whole world saw, NRM politicians addressed rallies, led processions and violated every single measure announced by the Health Ministry to curtail the Spread of Covid.
Polling day was like a market. There was no washing of hands, no wearing of masks and no social distancing. Large crowds gathered and people interacted freely at all polling areas.
Yet we have oppositions and ordinary citizens who are in cells for violating Covid measure.
I think the NRM elections have demonstrated that it is possible to have a normal election. It is a risk but a possibility. As FDC, we have learnt and we will do like NRM has done. We want to thank them.
EC not releasing Political parties Money
The Electoral Commission has refused to release money meant to facilitate political parties’ activities. You are all aware that political parties represented in Parliament are entitled to some funding. The money for the last Financial Year’s quarter was not released. Money for the first quarter during this financial year has not been released yet we are in an election season.
The idea we have been told is to further incapacitate political parties. We demand for the immediate release of political parties’ funding by the Electoral Commission.