The Democratic Party (DP) president Norbert Mao has maintained his position on the looming 2021 general elections.
Speaking during the electoral commission stakeholders e-conference, the former Gulu district chairperson stated that there is need to mind the gap between what is convenient and what is right.
“We are engaging because we want the EC to mind the gap between what is convenient and what is right. We might not close the gap but your willingness to engage is worth some praise.” Mao said.
He added that consultations should not be sporadic.
“We should have a joint forum. We note that over the last 2 decades, there has been an expansion over the world. Today, a whisper can be magnified all over all platforms due to the presence of the media.” Mao noted adding that Democracy and the media are now more inseparable. Indeed democracy has involved in a ‘mediacracy’. The vast network of communication traverses everything.
However speaking on the same event, renowned scholar Henry Kasacca said as a country, we have been fortunate that COVID has not hit us so hard.
“The fact that we have not yet had someone die doesn’t mean we aren’t at risk. COVID has serious implications on democracy. If we talk about the guidelines like no mass rallies, it interrupts the electorate and the candidate.” He stated.