Opposition hasn’t decided on 2016 sole candidate – Besigye

Kampala- Three-time presidential candidate Kizza Besigye yesterday indicated that the Opposition has not yet resolved whether to front a sole candidate for the 2016 polls, saying all their efforts are now being concentrated on agitating for reforms to ensure a free and fair election.

In a telephone interview yesterday, Dr Besigye revealed that the Opposition will engage in what he termed as a “national defiance campaign” if the government maintains a “negative response” to reforms proposed to fix the electoral system.

There have been reports in sections of the media suggesting that the Opposition has decided on a single candidate in 2016 but Dr Besigye referred to the information as “spin”, saying there cannot be a single candidate “because there cannot be free and fair elections”

According to Dr Besigye, their retreat last weekend in Mukono agreed that a National Consultative meeting will be convened next month where the proposed reforms will be tabled and a second course of action unveiled.

The Mukono retreat was attended by the Uganda Peoples Congress, Democratic Party, Justice Forum, Conservative Party, Forum for Democratic Change, and civil society members.

Key among the 12 suggested reforms is the disbandment of the Electoral Commission, establishing of a new, clean voters’ register and the repealing of the Public Order Management Act to allow for the enjoyment of the constitutional right to freedom of assembly.

“There was a negative response from the government and that is why we agreed to have a National Consultative meeting where we shall present the reforms. We shall then undertake a national defiance campaign that will lead to the implementation of these reforms. The campaign will include protests and everything possible,” Dr Besigye said.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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