The Opposition has called for amendment of the Uganda Electoral Commission Act to redefine the role of police and other armed personnel during elections.
The opposition says the role of conducting elections should be the reserve of the Electoral Commission not security agencies.
The Shadow Minister for Defence, Abdallah Kiwanuka presented a statement on shrinking Civic space in the country delegated by Leader of the Opposition Mathias Mpuuga, during a plenary session chaired by the Rt. Hon. Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah.
Kiwanuka says, in disregard of the Constitution, throughout the entire campaigns in the recently concluded general elections, Police and the Army specifically targeted journalists that covered the campaign programs of the opposition candidates.
He says the state has been highly repressive towards organized effort of the Opposition political parties where they are not accorded a conducive environment within which to operate as per the dictates of a free and democratic leadership.
He further says the opposition wants funds increased to fund the National Consultative Forum to empower it to fast-track its statutory mandate under the Political Parties and Organizations Act.
Kiwanuka says the opposition wants to build the capacities of all their political parties in Uganda and publicize dialogue of the national level with the intent of wiping out political persecution and strengthening democratic values.
The Leader of Opposition Mathias Mpuuga, says government is on spot over human right violations, adding that Uganda’s suspension of NGOs violates freedom.