Parliament has given the Minister of Justice and
Constitutional Affairs Ephraim Kamuntu up to the end of this week to explain a
reported decision by the Electoral Commission (EC) not to nominate aspirants
whose names are not similar with those on their academic documents.
The directive issued by Speaker Rebecca Kadaga
followed a concern raised by Soroti Woman MP Angelline Osegge who noted that
the electoral body was considering not nominating aspirants who have names that
are different from those on their academic papers.
According to Osegge, the Commission was relying on a
High Court case between former Kibanda North MP Sam Otada and the current area
MP Taban Idi Amin.
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Osegge said that the move is going to cause
confusion among the intending candidates.
honorable Speaker my plea is, you implore the Electoral Commission to explain
or declare the position of the law and to help all intending candidates to know
what is expected,” she pleaded.
Bugiri Municipality MP Asuman Basalirwa said that
while appearing before the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee, the issue
was brought to the attention of the EC where officials had been told of no
uniform position on the matter.
“Whereas they are quoting the Otada case, there is a
case I argued up to the Court of Appeal involving honorable Cissy Namujju. She
also had different names, I won the case in Masaka High Court and I lost it in
the Court of Appeal over the differences in names,” said the Advocate of High
Basalirwa maintains that there is no uniform
position in court in regard to difference in names and that this should not be
used by the electoral body not to nominate political candidates.
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Speaker Rebecca Kadaga said that the matter is
important since it is not even based in law. She directed the Minister of
Justice and Constitution Affairs Emphraim Kamuntu to appear before Parliament
this week with a statement.
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Nomination of parliamentary candidates for the 2021
general election is set to take place from 12th to 14th
October by the Electoral Commission.