Electoral reforms target People Power
Electoral reforms target People Power, says Bobi Wine

Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine, the Kyadondo East legislator and the People Power leader says the electoral reforms tabled last week by the government are purposely meant to exhaust People Power agenda.

Bobi Wine says government decided to table the electoral reforms soon after declaring his intentions to stand for the presidency in the upcoming elections particularly to frustrate People Power activities.

The proposed electoral reforms according to Bobi Wine targets him, he says government want to stop him from integrating with the opposition, reaching out to people in this country and raising funds.

“Even a baby can see that the proposed amendments are desperate attempts by his panic regime to counter the People Power wave,” Bobi Wine said.

Bobi Wine adds that it’s fear that has caused the government to state wild guidelines that include banning people from accessing polling stations with Mobile Phones and Cameras in the proposed amendment.

Their concern in this is that they don’t want anyone to produce any evidence of election theft which they intend to do.

“They are even shameless banning people from going with cameras and phones to polling stations to capture the evidence of rigging, knowing that the majority of police and soldiers support us,” he said.

Relatedly, Bobi Wine said he’s sure that President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni will lose the 2021 presidential elections because every Ugandan truly support change.

“Let me repeat this message which I have been sending to President Museveni, if he thinks he is popular as he claims to be, I challenge him to a free and fair election,” said Bobi Wine.

Last week government tabled the long-awaited 2018 electoral reforms on the floor of parliament meeting the Supreme Court deadline of the 25 of July 2019.

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The five Bills were tabled by the Attorney General, William Byaruhanga which includes the Presidential Elections Amendments Bill No 17,2019, the Parliamentary Elections Amendment Bill No. 18,2019, Electoral Commission Amendment Bill No. 19,2019, Political Parties and Organisations Amendment Bill No. 20, 2019 and Local Government Amendment Bill No. 21,2019.

Byaruhanga in his presentation assured parliament that the government will cooperate with all stakeholders, to produce a favourable bill to be discussed at parliament after consultations are done.

After Byaruhanga’s presentation, Speaker Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga forwarded the five bills to the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee for inspection and then be returned to parliament for debate.

Parliamentary Rules of procedures require the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee to inspect a bill within 45 days and thereafter report to parliament for debate.

Now the public stands alert to hear what the Committee will produce and what parliament will pass.