The Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Oulanyah has rallied Ugandans to exercise their democratic constitutional mandate and wholly participate in the forthcoming general polls in 2021.

According to Oulanyah, bad leaders are brought to the forefront of political limelight by people who in times of elections do not vote challenging Ugandans of voting age to get registered in order to participate in electing their leaders of choice.

The Deputy Speaker also cautions opposition aspirants intending to vie for the various elective positions against preaching to the citizenry hatred ahead of 2021 general polls because it is not a “do or die” political showdown.

Oulanya criticized political antagonists against misleading the country on Government’s Electoral Reforms Bill before Parliament saying the reforms are normal routines and should not jeopardize peace and security.

Some of the Government’s proposed reforms include barring of cameras and phones at polling precincts, barring of candidates from running as independents after participating in a party primary, barring of independent presidential candidates from forming an alliance with any political party.

Under the bills that emanated from the decisions of the Supreme Court in the election petition No.1 of 2016 involving Amama Mbabazi vs Y.K Museveni and others, security personnel are required to vote five days ahead of the official polling date. The Bills also requires political parties must also disclose the source of their funding 14 days upon nomination and cut links with pressure groups.

But Forum for Democratic Change – FDC party, Uganda’s largest opposition party rejected the reforms arguing that the reforms target particular individuals, unconstitutional and not reflective of a civilized society because reforms should be for the benefit of the country.

Earlier this year, the Opposition unveiled ten proposed electoral reforms that includes; reinstating and entrenching presidential term limits, making a vice president a running mate to the president during elections and scrapping Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) representatives from parliament, trimming the size of parliament and Cabinet.


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