Domestic election observers under New-U insist that their existence and planned operation in the coming elections in the country is legal.
Earlier today, the NGO bureau in the country quashed the legality of New-U demanding that it desist from performing its planned observatory role in the coming election.
Addressing a joint press conference today at NGO forum offices in Kampala, the 47 coalition members led by Xavier, Henry Mujuzi and Perry Arituwa maintain that the NGO Act 2016, does not specifically provide for registration of coalitions.
They further state that in the previous elections CSOs have formed coalitions to observe elections in Uganda without a requirement for registration.
National NGO Bureau maintains it has disbanded the newly formed National Election Watch-Uganda (NEW-U), warning the public to disassociate with its activities.
A total of over 60 NGO’s and civil society organizations formed NEW-U as a coalition to monitor the forthcoming general elections for a free and fair process.
Briefing the media today, the bureau spokesperson Patrick Ezaga says the coalition did not follow the regulations and whatever is done is illegal.
Ezaga says cancellation of the coalition has no connection with politics but purely illegalities.
NEW-U coalition is being housed by the NGO Forum and coordinates all its operations.