The Attorney General, William Byaruhanga has
asked for some more days to table electoral reforms. According to Byaruhanga, Government
will table the proposed reforms within a period of ten days.
He disclosed this while updating plenary on the progress on tabling the proposed electoral reforms.
In 2016, Supreme Court judges led by Chief
Justice Bart Katureebe listed about ten electoral reforms while delivering judgment
in the Amama Mbabazi Versus Kaguta Museveni and two others Presidential
Some of the recommendations for the reforms
are; extension of the filing and determination period of presidential election
petitions to 60 days to enable the concerned parties and court to adequately
prepare and present their case, enacting a law to bar the involvement of public
servants from meddling in elections and punishment of media houses, which
refuse to grant equal airtime to all presidential candidates among others.
The recommendations are aimed at creating
reforms that will guarantee free and fair presidential elections in 2021 and
The opposition led by Shadow Attorney General,
Wilfred Niwagaba has been plotting to table the proposed electoral reforms
following Government’s delay since the Supreme Court made the orders.
Recently, the Deputy Speaker of
Parliament, Jacob Oulanyah gave Government up to May 14th to table electoral
reforms or they give a private member an opportunity to table proposed reforms.
On Tuesday, the Attorney General
Byaruhanga blamed the delay by government to table the proposed reforms on lack
of funds to facilitate the Constitutional Review Commission.
He however, said they are now set to go within
the next 10 days since the Finance ministry has assured them of funding.
Byaruhanga said the draft Bills have already been prepared pending submission to Cabinet
for approval before they are introduced in Parliament by end of May 2019 for
debate and enactment.
Some of the bills are; The Electoral Commission
(Amendment) Bill, The Presidential Elections (Amendment) Bill, The
Parliamentary Elections (Amendment) Bill, and The Local Governments (Amendment)
He says if Government doesn’t table their
proposal, then the opposition can be given that opportunity.
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Niwagaba’s appeal to have his wider proposal on
electoral reforms were rejected as the house directed that the Government be
given a chance to finalize its work.
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Oulanyah gave Government up to 10 days as
requested to table the reforms.