The Opposition in Parliament has said they will not allow for further extension of the timeframe within which Government will present electoral reforms.
Dr Kizza Besigye calls for boycott of elections if electoral reforms not in place
The Opposition in Parliament has said they will not allow for
further extension of the time frame within which Government will present
The Shadow Attorney General Wilfred Niwagaba and Ndorwa East MP on
Friday met with the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga over electoral reforms
ahead of the 2021 elections.
In 2016, Supreme Court judges led by Chief Justice Bart Katureebe while
delivering their judgment in the Amama Mbabazi Versus Museveni and 2 Others
Presidential Election Petition made pronouncements about outstanding electoral
reforms that are meant to guarantee free and fair elections.
Some of the recommendations included extending 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, regulation of
public officials in elections and punishment of media houses, which refuse to
grant equal airtime to all presidential candidates and prohibition of donations
during elections among others.
Government has since then failed to table the electoral reforms before
Parliament citing lack of finances and need for harmonization of the different
Niwagaba says after meeting with the Speaker, she has asked to read through the
draft electoral reforms authored by the opposition and get back to them on the
Niwagaba says although they are not sure if Government will present their
reforms this week following the looming deadline, they will not allow for
further extension of the timeframe with which Government can table the
electoral reforms but push for the presentation of theirs.
“She said she needs to look through my draft this week, and then
she will advise if she will accommodate us. She just said let her look through
my bill and my motion and she will give us feedback. We will definitely not
concede to any further extension if Government is not ready” Niwagaba told URN
Initially, Government had up to April to table the electoral reforms, but this
has dragged on to date.
In January this year, the Minister of Justice and Constitutional
Affairs, Gen Kahinda Otafiire, said that in order to address issues of elections
in Uganda it was important to handle the matter chronologically from the review
and amendment of the Constitution together with the electoral reforms.