EC Attacked Over Bukanga Election Delay

cost geneva;”>While addressing journalists at the party headquarters in Kampala, DP Presidential Press Secretary, Fred Mwesigwa said that citing of lack of funds by the electoral body was only a scapegoat. He said alleged that the bod had been forced to do so by the rulling NRM party.

“It’s the NRM Chairman, Museveni and Amama Mbabazi forced Eng. Badru Kiggundu to postpone the elections. They realized that they would lose the elections because the party is divided,” stressed Mwesigwa.


He attributed his claims to the violence and rigging of votes that had marred the NRM primaries in Bukanga county, which were won by Nathan Byanyima and some party members decided to rally behind Jacquiline Asiimwe, who lost in the primaries and stood as an independent candidate.

“This forced the party Secretary General Amama Mbabazi to fly to the constituency to sort out this mess recently. They therefore called for postponement of the elections in order to give time for NRM to organize themselves,” he added.

“They are going to cause problems to our country if this is not sorted out. The Electoral Commission should not paint a bad image on the Ministry of Finance but rather come out and say the truth.”

The DP Presidential Press Secretary further noted that postponement of the elections has interfered with the party’s preparations for the elections which he said would cost them heavily.

“They have totally disorganized us in terms of resources. I wonder if they are going to refund all the money we are going to lose due to the postponement,” lamented Mwesigwa.

He said they had been given only one and a half weeks to traverse the whole area campaigning something he said was not fair because the place is hilly and requires more time.

Democratic Party’s warning comes after the announcement of the postponement of the nominations for the Bukanga County by-election by the Electoral Commission spokesperson.

Jotham Taremwa, the Electoral Commission spokesperson, announced Monday that the exercise had been pushed ahead because of delays by the government to release funds for facilitating the process.

The nominations had been scheduled for 5 November. However, they were postponed to November 11 and 12.

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