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Make No Changes, We Sue You – CSOs Warn Gov’t Over Electoral Reforms

Civil society organizations have threatened to go to court if the proposed electoral reforms are passed as there.

Last week the attorney general presented the reforms among which political parties are not supposed to associate with pressure groups, cameras and phones banned from the polling station, security officers to vote five days before the polling date among others.

Speaking to the media earlier today the executive director of constitutional center for governance Sarah Birete said that the proposed electoral reforms don’t show transparency in the next elections.

She added that if parliament doesn’t consider the Uganda citizens’ compact on free and fair elections they are going to sue the government.

Meanwhile the executive director of UWONET, Rita Aciro call on the citizens to challenge the proposed electoral reforms because they are a mockery.

Relatedly, Civil society organizations have launched a campaign dubbed “credible elections now” as they demand for fair electoral reforms to ensure a peaceful election come 2021.

This comes just days after the attorney general last week tabled the amendments to electoral laws, contained in five bills.

Addressing journalists in Kampala, the NGO forum executive director, Richard Ssewakiryanga said for the 2021 election to be credible, there should be reforms to review the appointment procedures of electoral commission members and a comprehensive framework for peaceful transfer of power among others.

He insists that holding another election without meaning meaningful electoral reforms will not achieve the desired goal of building a democratic society.

He however says they are to sensitize the people about credible elections under this new campaign before taking their views to parliament.

By KFM

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