Uganda’s oldest political party, The Democratic Party (DP), has said that they intend to challenge the demarcation of constituencies in the constitutional court on the grounds that it violates the principle of the population quota provided for in the constitution.

In a statement issued by the DP Bloc principals, the party believes that the idea of counties being the basis of constituencies is no longer tenable. They say that the system has been abused to favour the ruling NRM party by ensuring a few constituencies where the ruling party is weak and many constituencies where the ruling party is strong.

DP believes that the preferable model for representation should be population-based, for instance, an MP represents a definite number of citizens. They also say that they will demand that a referendum be held on this important issue.

Below we reproduce the statement:

1. The idea of counties being the basis of constituencies is no longer tenable. The system has been abused to favour the ruling party by ensuring few constituencies where the ruling party is weak and many constituencies where the ruling party is strong. For instance, Kampala as an opposition stronghold has very few constituencies relative to the population. The definition of a population quota stated in the constitution is warped and is in any case not being followed in practice. The preferable model for representation should be population-based, for instance, an MP represents a definite number of citizens. We shall present our preferred model based on Proportional Representation. This new electoral system is the answer to the ills of the winner take all system in our country today. The DP Bloc is committed to the system of Proportional Representation and we hereby announce that we shall demand that a referendum be held on this important issue.

Under Article 63 of the constitution the current population quota, obtained by dividing the population of Uganda with the number of constituencies, is about 150,000. But a close look at the way constituencies are demarcated shows that the practice is contrary to the letter and spirit of the constitution. We intend to challenge the demarcation of constituencies in the Constitutional Court on the grounds that it violates the principle of the population quota provided for in the constitution.

2. With the proposal to use technology to vote electronically, we insist on a proviso that the system must be verifiable according to international standards.

3. Declaration of results should be done at the constituency level and the tallying should also be done at the constituency level. Currently, the system of tallying is dubious as the EC announces results from polling stations in a haphazard manner, for instance, they announce a polling station in Kabale followed by others in Koboko and Kapchorwa. The format of national tallying creates loopholes for the creation of fictitious polling stations.

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