Ugandan archbishop backs get out the vote campaign

Archbishop Stanley Ntagali has lent his support to the Citizen’s Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda’s Topowa campaign, backing their push to register young people to vote in the February 2016 elections

The Archbishop of Uganda, the Most Rev Stanley Ntagali, has lent his support to the Citizen’s Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda (CCEDU) Topowa campaign, backing their push to register young people to vote in the February 2016 elections for president and parliament. In a 28 Oct 2015 address to democracy activists at his home in Namirembe Archbishop Ntagali said: “Even if you are a young person, you should know that not participating in elections today will affect your future and the future of your children because the decisions we make today affect our country for the long run.” He urged Ugandans to use their “fundamental right to go out and vote and vote wisely, don’t depend on the person who gives you money, depend on the quality of the person; don’t vote people who give you money or buy you beer.” Archbishop Ntagali said the Church of Uganda did not endorse specific candidates or parties, but did urge all people to take their civic duties to heart. “We are not doing this for ourselves, we are doing this for our future, the future of our children and our grandchildren, we are doing this for posterity,” he noted. “The Topowa campaign” sponsored by the citizen’s coalition “stands for the same principles as the Church of Uganda and is giving Ugandans direction to take a stand and vote for leaders of their choice, and as a Church we support this campaign and encourage the people of Uganda not to give up on their nation, but to come out and participate actively peacefully and responsibly in the forthcoming elections,” he said.

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