The Electoral Commission has been accused of acting as an accomplice in upsetting the country’s politics because of its silence as rights of opposition politicians are being abused.
The Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) presidential aspirant, Maj Gen Gregory Mugisha Muntu told journalists in Kampala that a lot is already going wrong under the watch of the commission, signaling inability to independently oversee the forthcoming general election.
He says that the EC, as the custodian of electoral laws in the country, should not be silent when police arrests politicians or holds them hostage from within media houses, or even while undertaking activities that are determined by the 2021 election roadmap.
He also questioned the mysterious circumstances under which eight senior staff of the Electoral Commission relinquished their jobs in the middle of an election cycle.
Muntu also reiterated an appeal for the commission to grant the Alliance for National Transformation permission to hold its delegates conference on August 6. The party had earlier written to the electoral commission to waive restrictions that were imposed in the wake of an outbreak of coronavirus disease. However, it has received no response to date.
Meanwhile, Arua Municipality MP Kassiano Wadri has been unveiled as the party’s new member.
Wadri who has formerly belonged to DP and FDC, was welcomed into the party on Thursday by the founder and former FDC party president Mugisha Muntu.
Wadri said that since he played a part in the initial stages when ANT was being formed, he could not miss being a registered member of the party.
He also revealed that he felt more comfortable being in a political organization that is led by Muntu with whom they share youthful history especially in the struggle for good governance.
Wadri was in 2018 elected the MP Arua Municipality in a by-election following the death of Ibrahim Abiringa.
However, chaos dominated the last day of campaigns leading to the arrest of several members of the opposition.
The arrested individuals, led by Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, were accused of obstructing President Yoweri Museveni’s motorcade and pelting stones that smashed the windscreen of one of the vehicles in the convoy. The President was in Arua to campaign for the NRM candidate, Nusura Tiperu.
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