Uganda 2011 Free and Fair Elections
This petition should be signed by UGANDANs who are 18 or above and of sound mind (both in Uganda and abroad)
The current electoral commission of Uganda is aligned with the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM), and the commission has been the primary instrument of electoral fraud and rigging on behalf of the regime. As such, we believe the commission is incapable of delivering free and fair elections for the people of Uganda.
- Because of fraud, incompetence and manipulation by the ruling party, the current commission has compiled a fatally flawed voter register. That register cannot therefore be the basis for organising free and fair elections.
In her report covering actions up to 5 March 2010, the U.S. Secretary of State, Mrs. Clinton clearly highlights numerous instances of harassment of opposition leaders and concludes that the lack of an independent election commission undermines the election's credibility.
- - Retired Supreme Court judge, Justice George Kanyeihamba; one of the three judges who ruled on the presidential petition tabled by opposition leader Dr. Besigye on vote rigging by President Yoweri Museveni in the 2006 Ugandan elections highlighted in his recent speech that the ongoing publicity about 2011 elections being free and fair could not be taken seriously given the fact that both 2001 and 2006 elections were rigged and not free and fair . He notes with concern that some donor countries are silent over these undemocratic developments in Uganda which exacerbates the problem. On the other hand, the court has not convincingly explained ‘failure to substantively affect the outcome’ despite highlighting the existence of overwhelming evidence of vote rigging and voter intimidation.
- - The prospects of the next Ugandan elections are clouded with political, economic and human rights uncertainties. Uganda has had neither free and fair elections nor freely functional opposition parties for the past 24 years. Until 2006, political parties were banned and the country run on a ‘One-Party’ or ‘No Party’ basis. Consequently, no independent and credible institutions and mechanisms for multiparty democracy were developed, which causes grave concerns about the independence, competence and credibility of the current electoral commission to deliver free and fair elections in 2011.
FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS NOW! WE MUST TAKE BACK OUR COUNTRY!
WE THE UNDERSIGNED APPEND OUR SIGNATURES HERE BELOW TO DEMAND FOR THE FOLLOWING IN UGANDA:
1. A NEW AND INDEPENDENT ELECTORAL COMMISSON.
2. A CLEAN AND VERIFIABLE VOTERS REGISTER OF VOTERS.
Mr. Otunnu on KPFA Radio 24th Dec. 2010