The Rule of Law

The rule of law mediates disputes, conflicts and law enforcement within society through duly constituted and independent organs of the state. It is rule by law, not rule by men. In Uganda today, the rule of law has largely collapsed. What we witness today is a police state par excellence- arbitrary arrest, disappearance, illegal detention, ‘safe houses dismissal from employment or denial of business opportunities on political grounds without recourse.
Objective
Governance through institutional processes based on the rule of law, due process, natural justice and the promotion and protection of civil liberties, fundamental rights and freedoms, whereby from the littlest of our citizen to the holder of the highest office in the land, no one is above
the law. Restore the rule of law in all its aspects.

Plan and Commitment

• Ensure independence of the judiciary, due process, independent law enforcement agencies such as the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), the Directorate of Public Prosecution, (DPP), etc.
• Ensure that the President, government leaders, ruling party functionaries and security operatives are not above the law but govern and act under the law.
• Build an efficient, high integrity judiciary and professional law enforcement agencies.

FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS

Ugandan elections have been dogged by controversy. The conduct of elections affects peace, stability and prosperity of the nation. A rigged election can result in eruption of violence or leave bitterness that will lead to conflict. The present Electoral Commission has no legitimacy or credibility to organize free and fair elections. First, they were appointed under a one-party system. Second, they were found by the Supreme Court to have not complied with electoral laws in conducting and managing the 2001 and 2006 elections. The re-appointment of EC Commissioners by a sitting president, who is a partisan player, undermines the independence and credibility of the electoral commission

Objective

An independent national electoral commission, acceptable to all stake- holders and able to compile clean register of voters; organize credible, free and fair elections.
Plan and Commitment
• Introduce a law to resolve once and for all the question of free and fair elections.
• Ensure security of tenure and a seven year un-renewable term for members of the election commission.
• In consultation with all stakeholders agree on new modalities for appointing election commissioners.
• Put in place transparent mechanisms for the electoral
commission to compile clean and verifiable register of voters
• Updating register of voters and registration of new voters to be a continuous, all-year round exercise.
•Restore a limit of two terms for the president

 
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