Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has faulted the Electoral Commission for moving ahead with the 2021 electoral program without implementation of the recommended electoral reforms.
Addressing the media on Monday, the FDC Spokesperson, Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda said the Electoral Commission without consulting other political players as well as political parties is moving to recruit parish and sub-county election supervisors.
He said this recruitment is supposed to be done after the necessary electoral and administrative reforms have been undertaken.
“It is as if the Electoral Commission is preparing to organize an internal NRM party primary. FDC would like to warn the EC chairman not to involve himself in organizing another sham election,” Ssemujju said.
“There will come a time in future when these individuals that are messing up the country, will personally have to answer for their crimes no matter how long it will take,” Ssemujju further warned.
He said that major activities relating to elections are supposed to be undertaken after the necessary reforms but it appears the Commission is proceeding regardless.
The opposition as well as Parliament have on several occasions pressurized government, particulay the Minister of Justice and Constitution Affairs, Maj Grn Kahinda Otafiire to present before the House the necessary electoral reforms as recommended by the Supreme Court.
However, no results have so far been forthcoming.
Minister Otaffire has severally responded that government is constrained by resources so as to come up with the much awaited constitutional amendments to which electoral reforms follow.
He says that government needs a total of Shs 13.5bn to constitute the Constitutional Review Commission and facilitate it to do work.
However, the opposition in Parliament has since notified the Speaker that they are ready to present the desired electoral reforms through a private member’s bill that will be presented by the Shadow Attorney General, Wilfred Niwagaba which only awaits space on the order paper.
On the other hand, Ssemujju raised concerns over the continuous stay of the Electoral Commission Secretary, Sam Rwakojo despite the expiry of his contract.
“We are following every development at the Electoral Commission. The Secretary Sam Rwakojo is supposed to have left because his contract ended and it is not renewed under the Electoral Commission Act. However, he is still there presiding over activities relating to the next elections,” Ssemujju noted.