Legislators led by the Igara East MP, Michael Mawanda and Soroti Woman MP; Angeline Osegge lauded the committee for rejecting the proposal. Mawanda reiterated that the proposal contravenes a number of provisions in the 1995 Uganda Constitution
Oboth noted that while the committee has so far organised four regional meetings and some public hearings to collect views on the five Bills, there are still some parties who have expressed interest in making submissions as well.
Presenting the consolidated views of CCEDU on the electoral reform bills to the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee on Wednesday, the Executive Director of Constitutional Center for Governance, Sarah Birete, proposed that individuals who use a weapon to threaten, intimidate, or behaves in a manner which has an effect of threatening or intimidating a candidate, a supporter of a candidate, voter, election official or candidate's agent to be penalized.
Electoral commission has opposed the proposal that elections in newly created districts and constituencies should be halted until the next round of general elections. The proposal is among several others in the Parliamentary Elections Amendment Bill, 2019.
Agnes Namusiitwa, the Kakuuto Sub County Female Councilor to Kyotera district local government, says the proposal curtails principals of democracy, especially in scenarios where political parties fail to organize free primaries. Namusitwa, who is also Secretary of the Greater Masaka Civil Society advocacy group, is afraid that the bill will fuel dictatorial tendencies in political parties.