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Mao, who came fourth with 55,665 votes in the just concluded presidential elections, said they will focus on rebuilding the party after the disappointing and irregular elections. According to Mao, DP will embark on creating a new member's register to differentiate between party members and supporters and weed out those against the party.
Presidential candidate, Nobert Mao addressing residents at Mayor's garden in Pader town

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The Democratic Party (DP) has announced plans to overhaul its party structure in the country and diaspora as part of the efforts to rebuild Uganda’s oldest opposition political party. The DP President General, Norbert Mao disclosed the move at their weekly briefing at the party secretariat on Tuesday.    

Mao, who came fourth with 55,665 votes in the just concluded presidential elections, said they will focus on rebuilding the party after the disappointing and irregular elections. According to Mao, DP will embark on creating a new member's register to differentiate between party members and supporters and weed out those against the party.

 

He also says that they will work towards overhauling the administration of the party and the administration by engaging young vibrant leaders and professionals to handle its affairs. Mao also said they intend to conduct a post-election assessment to look at the state of DP inside out alongside international partners.

He says they will assess the state of DP branches all over the country to ascertain their functionality. According to Mao, the party leadership intends to table the proposals before the Management Committee, National Executive Committee (NEC) and National Council for approval this week.

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On the just-concluded presidential elections, Mao said the Electoral Commission just distributed the poll results to candidates, which explains DP’s poor performance. He, however, says the elections brought some tide that helped to remove some bad DP members who wanted to dominate the party affairs.

  He hailed those who stood with the party and lost, saying they are not opportunists and ridiculed those who left the party for betraying the principles in the party constitution. At least 11 sitting members of parliament crossed from DP to the National Unity Platform-NUP, Uganda’s youngest political party.    

   

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Mao also disclosed that he held discussions with the Justice Forum (JEEMA), Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) and Uganda People’s Congress (UPC), which proposed that the president as the chairperson of the Interparty Organization for Dialogue (IPOD) convenes an extraordinary summit to discuss among others the ongoing kidnaps, killings, malicious prosecutions and brutality towards the opposition.

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  He also called for the release of all the people arrested during the elections, adding that their legal team will be on standby to help the victims to access justice. Mao says that as DP they do support the petition challenge, President, Yoweri Museveni’s election. 

Commenting on the botched alliance between NUP and DP, Mao blamed it on dishonesty by some people, he accused of taking advantage of DP’s honesty.  

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