FDC 2021 elections and interim government
FDC has raised it's dissatisfaction in participating in the 2021 elections advising the EC to put up an interim and provisional government. FILE PHOTO

FDC has raised it’s dissatisfaction in participating in the 2021 elections advising the EC to put up an interim and provisional government.

The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party has opposed holding the 2021 general Presidential elections but rather opting for an interim government until such a time when the country is in a favourable position to vote leaders.

Following the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Electoral Commission (EC) recently ruled that for the forthcoming elections will not be postponed but rather all campaigns and rallies elections will be held scientifically.

Meaning, aspirants at all levels will only be able to conduct campaigns electronically via television, radio and social media and only the voting exercise will be done normally because it can be managed accordingly with directives in place such as hand-washing, social-distancing or leaving gaps of the necessary metres between voters in line.

The EC explained that electoral activities attract large public gatherings which might pose high COVID-19 risk of person-to-person and object-to-person transmissions if not properly managed.

However, in the wake of events, the FDC has raised it’s dissatisfaction in participating in the coming elections advising the EC to put up an interim and provisional government as the county still fights the spread of the coronavirus.

According to political science, a provisional, interim government or transitional government is an emergency governmental authority set up to manage a political transition generally in the cases of new nations or following the collapse of the previous governing administration. 

Provisional governments are generally appointed and frequently arise, either during or after civil or foreign wars. They maintain power until a new government can be appointed by a regular political process, which is generally an election.

FDC 2021 elections and interim government
FDC has raised it’s dissatisfaction in participating in the 2021 elections advising the EC to put up an interim and provisional government. FILE PHOTO

According to the party president Patrick Oboi Amuriat, the EC’s decision to have the country stressed to a part-scientific or part-normal elections which are not backed by the Supreme law is a sham and an absurdity which would amount to no election.

Oboi says that the current fear, chaos and confusion about the 2021 election comes from the fact that the government refused to declare a state of emergency at the earliest time possible.

Oboi also raised fears that the EC might further use the pandemic as an excuse to impose on the country another aspect of voting digitally within the context of a ‘scientific election.

“Besides campaigning digitally, there is a genuine fear that at the eleventh hour, the EC and the government may further exploit the pandemic to impose on us another aspect of voting digitally within the context of a ‘scientific election’ which is not recognised in our constitutional order,” Oboi said.

Meanwhile, the Party held it’s meeting yesterday to discuss the recently released revised roadmap in which the Electoral Commission (EC) announced a ban on the open-air campaign. 

All FDC party leaders were in attendance including the party’s secretary-general Nathan Nandala Mafabi, Monica Amoding, the Kumi Woman MP, Veronica Bikyetero Elagu, the Kaberamaido Woman MP and Henry Maurice Kibalya, the Bugabula South MP among others.