The opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party has rejected Government proposed regulations that seek to govern political parties’ internal elections during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The regulations were presented to Parliament by the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Prof Ephraim Kamuntu on Thursday last week.
Under the regulations, Government wants parties to conduct virtual meetings, use party organs to handpick flag bearers among others.
Speaking to reporters at FDC party headquarters in Kampala on Monday, the party’s spokesperson Ibrahim Semujju Nganda urged Parliament to reject the regulations on the pretext that they have the effect of overthrowing multiparty democracy.
“This is encouraging political parties to overthrow their own constitution. How will parties respect the national constitution?” Semujju asked.
“As FDC, the procedures and processes of candidate identification and selection are well laid out in our constitution. We will not learn NRM bad manners. We have been informed that these regulations are solely to benefit NRM which manipulated its constitution recently to provide for lining up behind candidates and are now stuck because of COVID-19,” Semujju noted.
“The NRM wants to return to Electoral College of secret ballot which they selfishly removed from their constitution. Let them carry their cross alone,” he added.
Semujju further noted that even if Parliament proceeds to pass them, FDC will not abide by them saying that they are unconditional.
“We don’t need regulations to uphold internal democracy in FDC,” he asserted.