The Independent (Kampala)

9 January 2013

Uganda: UPC May Not Participate in 2016 Elections

Opposition Uganda People's Congress says it will not participate in 2016 elections if the electoral laws are not revised.

While addressing Journalists at the UPC headquarters on Wednesday in Kampala, Prof. Lutalo Bossa the Vice President of the party said that the country is in crisis if the electoral laws are not changed.

"Our position is clear on two points in order to go on, we are insisting on having a free and fair election and the composition of the electoral commission should be changed, secondly the electoral laws should be changed" he said.

Bossa said that this is what UPC told their colleagues when they met in the 2011 political coalition.

"We don't co-operate for the sake but for a purpose, as UPC we stand for the truth, it will set us free."

This comes after Norbert Mao the Democratic Party president, said if the opposition wants to change government and deal with the problems of this country, they must adopt a cooperative approach.

Mao said that DP believes in a meaningful and serious coalition if they are to achieve their goals. He said the opposition can never achieve anything when it is still divided and disorganized like today.

He was giving his New Year message at the party's weekly press briefing at the party headquarters in Kampala on Tuesday, Mao stressed that there is need for the opposition to come up with an agenda and a roadmap ahead of the next elections.

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