DP to Participate in 2016 General Elections

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Mao insists it is never useless to participate as claimed by some other opposition political parties who keep saying the ground is not favourable for a free and fair election. Mao argues that the challenges political parties have in Uganda are not enough to boycott the elections.

The Democratic Party (DP) has announced it will participate in the 2016 general elections. DP President General Norbert Mao says they have to be better prepared to take on President Yoweri Museveni and not give up.
 
Mao insists it is never useless to participate as claimed by some other opposition political parties who keep saying the ground is not favourable for a free and fair election.
 
Mao argues that the challenges political parties have in Uganda are not enough to boycott the elections.
 
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Opposition political parties such as the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) and the Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) have since their loss in the 2011 general elections vowed not to participate in the elections saying the conditions are not favourable.
 
They mainly cite what they call the partiality of the Electoral Commission (EC) led by Engineer Badru Kiggundu whom they say favours the ruling NRM. UPC’s Olara Otunnu, after the elections, opened and launched a campaign dubbed Free Uganda Now and sought for signatures from all over the country.
 
Former FDC President Dr Kiiza Besigye early this month was quoted to have said that the 2016 elections can only be held to dupe the international community into continuing to believe that Uganda is a democracy.
 
According to reports Dr Besigye said opposition politicians should not to delude themselves that they could, through the elections, unseat the NRM government, but urged them to instead focus on mass civil disobedience.
 
However, Mao is confident if any political party organizes itself, they can unseat President Museveni through the ballot box.

Mao, who says his party structures are in shambles currently, says they have laid down strategies in preparation for the 2016 elections. The party has embarked on opening up regional offices.
 
The DP President says in the 2011 elections they failed to get even 100 candidates to stand for the Parliamentary seats all over the country which was embarrassing. 
 
The party is also working on a communication strategy to ensure their message of being champions for the rights of underdogs, individual rights and social justice must be clear. Mao adds that  they party is also launching a massive fundraising campaign   
 
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With Mao as its President in the 2011 general elections the Democratic Party took third place with 147,708 votes compared to NRM’s 5.4 million and the FDC’s 2 million votes.