Electoral Commission Cannot Deliver Free & Fair Elections – Bukenya

Former Vice President Prof. Gilbert Bukenya says the current Electoral Commission cannot deliver free and fair elections for Uganda as he joins the chorus of proponents of constitutional reforms.

Ex Vice President Professor Gilbert Bukenya
Ex Vice President Professor Gilbert Bukenya

According to Bukenya, the Commission, chaired by Eng. Badru Kiggundu is controlled by the Executive and with less than a year to the polls, Parliament needs to assume a deliberate strategy to reverse the trend.

The Busiro North MP says the 2016 general election can be redeemed through disbanding the current Commission and defining the role of security agencies in the electoral process.

He says in the past security agencies particularly the Army and the Police have been used to manipulate polls.

“We must define what the role of the armed forces will be. If we want a fair election, then the police and army should act in a non-partisan manner and not interfere with the electoral process,” Bukenya told Journalists in Kampala this afternoon.

He demands that the reforms should be handled by April, 2015 and as such wants Parliament to exert more pressure on government to table its proposals upon the resumption of parliament sittings next week.

Bukenya, who snubbed the ongoing NRM caucus retreat at the National Leadership Institute in Kyankwanzi, has also warned fellow legislators against pushing for constitutional amendments to remove the presidential age limit, currently at 75 years.

He says this is the time for a united opposition front that will oust President Yoweri Museveni through a democratic process.

However, the caucus spokesperson, Evelyn Anite siad that the issue on term limits is not on the party’s agenda, instead terming Bukenya and others as speculators.