The Uganda Federal Alliance has threatened to sue the Electoral Commission for failing to ensure Ugandans living in the Diaspora vote. Addressing journalists in Kampala on Tuesday, UFA president Beti Kamya said it is a constitutional right of every national to participate in the elections of the country despite living outside its borders. “Article 62 of our Constitution states that the Electoral Commission is independent and there is no way it can base its adamancy on policy. People in the Diaspora contribute greatly to our economy and we can’t just undermine them like that,” she said. Ms Kamya said her party had established a five-member steering committee to oversee the court process.
A couple of months ago, UFA wrote to EC chairman Badru Kiggundu asking for, among others, the inclusion of Ugandans in the Diaspora in the country’s decision making process by enabling them vote like it is in Kenya, Sudan and Rwanda.