The Chairman of Uganda's ruling Military Commission, Mr.
GV Reporters take notes at press conference in Kampala, Uganda
CU Chairman of Ugandan Military Commission, Mr. Muwanga, speaks in English
MUWANGA: "As late as last week we sat here in this very room with members of political parties. The reason for the meeting was to ask them whether they feel that there should be a change of the (election) date. They felt at the same time that it would still be pl??? to hold the election on the date. It was then that I asked the Principle Private Secretary, to write to the Secretary for the Electoral Commission to give a brief. We all know that they feel the electoral processes will be completed before the due date. The point I'm trying to develop, for your information, and the information of the others, that at no material time has the Military Commission stood in the way of holding the election on the scheduled date. We had all believed, and when I say we, I mean the Military Commission and the political parties, that it could be feasible (indistinct) try that approach (indistinct). Now the issue is, one: Has the Military Commission still have the good intensions of holding the elections? The answer is yes. Is there likely to be any delay to the holding of the elections because of some logistics? we are saying the answer should not be explicitly coming from the Military Commission, it should become from the Electoral Commission which was appointed on the advice of the four political parties. In conclusion I would like to state that perhaps we all are right to assume that the earlier for those election the better it would be. We don't want to see an extra date and it is in our interest to leave others to do so. A great disappointment if we don't (indistinct) that time. (indistinct).
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Background: The Chairman of Uganda's ruling Military Commission, Mr. Paulo Muwanga, has denied allegations that there are plans to rig the elections due to be held there later this month. Newspapers and politicians have claimed that members of the six-man commission were working to bring former President, Doctor Milton Obote, back to power.