Ugandan Opposition plans to present joint electoral reforms


Ugandan Opposition Leader, Waffula Oguttu


Opposition parties in Uganda have resolved to present joint proposals to the Constitutional Amendment bill 2015.

This comes just a few days after the Deputy Speaker of the Ugandan Parliament Jacob Oulanyah directed all people with alternative proposals on the bill to submit them directly to Parliament’s Legal and Parliamentary Committee that was mandated to scrutinize the bill and report back to parliament.

Last Tuesday, opposition party leaders and legislators convened in Mbuya, a suburb to of the Ugandan capital Kampala to chart a way forward following the failure by government to include their proposed reforms in the Constitutional Amendment Bill 2015.

During the meeting, some of the opposition leaders led by Kiiza Besigye, the former President of Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party called for a boycott of the 2016 polls, a proposal that was flatly rejected by legislators.   On Thursday, it emerged that the Legal and Parliamentary Committee had invited each of the parties three times to submit its proposals in vain.

The Chairperson of the Committee Stephen Tashobya told this website that his committee had written to the opposition parties on three occasions to present their proposals in vain yet there is limited time for parliament to consider and approval the Constitutional Amendment Bill, 2015.

Wafula Oguttu, the Leader of Opposition told this website that they had resolved to present joint proposals to the committee.   He told our reporter on phone that they were already harmonizing their position on the some of the crucial proposed constitutional amendment ready for tabling before the committee this week.

Some of the crucial electoral reforms being fronted by the opposition including removing the powers of the President to appoint Electoral Commissioners, restoring of presidential term limits in the constitution and creation of an independent Electoral Commission among others.