DP Petitions Parliament Over EC Appointees

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DP President Norbert Mao presents the petition to Speaker, Rebecca Kadaga, calling for the Appointments committee not to vet the new commissioners.

The Democratic Party has petitioned Parliament seeking to block the vetting of newly appointment members of the Electoral Commission.

Last week, President Yoweri Museveni appointed Justice Simon Byabakama as chairperson of the EC, replacing Engineer Badru Kiggundu who retired this month after serving for 14 years.
Also appointed are Hajati Aisha Lubega as deputy chairperson, Stephen Tashobya, Prof. George Piwang, Ssebagala Kigozi and Peter Emorut as commissioners.
DP President Norbert Mao, who was accompanied by Secretary General Matthias Nsubuga and Secretary Women's League Florence Namayanja, presented the petition to Speaker, Rebecca Kadaga today evening, calling for the Appointments Committee not to vet the appointees.
Mao, who spoke to the media shortly after the closed-door meeting with Kadaga, explained that under the Inter Party Organisation for Dialogue (IPOD), it was agreed in a meeting in June at State House Entebbe, that the process to push for reforms in the appointment of commissioners is deeply discussed but this was ignored.

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Nsubuga, who was part of the IPOD meeting, says efforts to remind President Museveni of his commitment have since proved futile.
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In his interaction with the Leader of Opposition Winnie Kiiza, Mao made a plea for the opposition in Parliament to lobby against the vetting process of the commissioners.
Kiiza said government rejected credible electoral reforms from the opposition, which would have streamlined the EC appointment process.
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It is not clear when Parliament's Appointments committee will sit to vet the appointees.


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Olive Eyotaru
Olive Eyotaru is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Eyotaru has been a URN staff member since February 2015.

Eyotaru started practising journalism while still studying at Uganda Christian University. She was a reporter with Ultimate Media Consult Ltd between 2005 and 2007.

In 2009, Eyotaru joined Monitor Publications Limited, under KFM Radio as a parliamentary and business reporter. Consequently, Eyotaru started writing for the Daily Monitor newspaper until January 2015, when she moved to URN.

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