Led by Joseph Kasirye, the National Unity Platform registrar for Masaka City, the activists who include members of two other opposition parties; the Forum for Democratic Change-FDC and Democratic Party-DP, argue that the current electoral laws are still weak to stop vote-rigging.
Political activists in Masaka district have appealed to opposition
Members of Parliament to champion the enactment of stringent laws to address rigging
in the country.
Led by Joseph Kasirye, the National Unity Platform registrar for
Masaka City, the activists who include members of two other opposition parties;
the Forum for Democratic Change-FDC and Democratic Party-DP, argue that the
current electoral laws are still weak to stop vote-rigging.
Kasirye says it is high time parliament considered an audit of the
election results at the constituency level, to avoid the possibility of
transmitting doctored results to the national tally center that could affect
the final results.
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According to Kasirye, their analysis of this year’s general
election exposed glaring discrepancies between the numbers of votes on the
declaration of results forms and the Electoral Commission tally sheet, arguing
that such errors are enough to discredit the election process.
He argues that the law in its current form does not put in place strict
links between the declaration of results forms used to records election returns
and voter bio-metric machines used at each polling station, which leaves room
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Fred Ssekabira, the Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party youth
coordinator for Rakai and Masaka districts indicates that following the botched
presidential elections petition, part of their focus is to mount pressure on
the MPs to fix all legislative loopholes in the laws governing elections.
However, Oscar Kihika the Director of Legal Services in the ruling
National Resistance Movement-NRM party who was a lead Defense lawyer for Yoweri
Museveni Tibuhaburwa in the 2021 Presidential Elections Petition, criticized
the National Unity Platform for withdrawing the petition from the Supreme
Court, indicating that it denied the country legal reforms that would arise out