The Democratic Alliance Calls For Dialogue With Government on Constitutional And Electoral Reforms.

PRESS RELEASE
TDA is an electoral alliance that is committed and is working to participate in the forthcoming elections in pursuit of the goals and objectives set out in the Protocol establishing the Alliance.
Therefore TDA is working to ensure:

  • Timely announcement of a Joint Presidential Candidate (JPC) and the TDA Campaign Team.
  • Candidate’s identification and rolling announcement of TDA joint candidates for MP’s and local government electoral positions.
  • Establishment of the TDA mobilizers at the village, parish, sub-county and Constituency levels; and, the establishment of the Candidates Committees and Campaign Strategy and Coordination committees at the district and regional level.

Article 1 of the Constitution of Uganda declares that all power belongs to the people who shall exercise their sovereignty in accordance with the Constitution. The Constitution commands the organizing of regular, free and fair elections or referenda as the primary mechanisms through which the citizens shall exercise their will and consent on who shall govern them and how they should be governed.
The only election commanded by our constitution is one that must be free and fair and any election short of this standard is a violation of the Constitution and the power of the citizens.
In addition to many abuses and electoral violations, TDA is particularly concerned that the incumbent regime is actively organizing and deploying instruments of violence including different forms of militia groups such as the infamous Kalangala Action Plan and the training and deployment of Interahamwe version of militias called Crime Preventers under the disguise of community policing.
Uganda is part of the Great Lakes Region where failure to organize free and fair elections has been the consistent trigger of violence leading to unnecessary loss of life and wanton destruction of property, such as happened in Kenya, South Sudan, Burundi and Democratic Republic of Congo.
The stubbornness and intransigence of the incumbent president and the regime to listen to reason and provide appropriate leadership to achieve genuine reforms and establish a credible electoral management system are making election related violence inevitable.
As leaders both in Government and outside Government, we have a responsibility to our people to do everything humanly possible to ensure peace and stability and avoid subjecting our people to another cycle of election-related violence.
The Democratic Alliance is committed to continue its pursuit for political, constitutional and electoral reforms. Consequently:

  1. In the interest of ensuring peace and stability in our country, we demand for genuine dialogue with the government to agree on how the political and electoral reforms as enshrined in the Citizens Compact on Free and Fair Elections and other similar proposals can be implemented ahead of the forthcoming elections.
  2. We remain open to such dialogue until September 18, 2015 and demand response by this time.
  3. Should the Government remain stubborn and intransigent, as it has continued to do, TDA will, in consultation with the citizens, agree on and take appropriate actions.

History has shown that there is a limit on how long governments can ignore their citizens. The Democratic Alliance is committed to offer the necessary leadership to ensure that power is restored to the citizens. It is our individual and collective responsibility to cause change in fulfillment of our duty to protect and defend our constitution.
For God and My Country

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