The newly appointed Attorney General, Fred Ruhindi has revealed that legislation on reforms to ensure free and fair elections in 2016, will be tabled in Parliament in two weeks' time, putting to rest fears that the government is dragging its feet in tabling the crucial reforms.
The newly appointed Attorney General, Fred Ruhindi has revealed that legislation on reforms to ensure free and fair elections in 2016, will be tabled in Parliament in two weeks' time.
Speaking to journalists after presenting reforms proposed by the National Consultative Forum (NCF), a loose alliance of 29 parties, to the Speaker of Parliament this afternoon, Ruhindi said that cabinet is in the final stages of debating the reforms before they are constituted into a Bill.
The deadline given by Ruhindi marks the first time a government official has come out to clearly state a timeframe within which, electoral reforms might be up for debate in Parliament.
"I would not like to go into the details of what the proposals are. Assuming for instance, we go into cabinet and one position is dropped. Ccabinet through its committee is busy scrutinizing the proposals and in about two weeks' time maximum, you will have known the gist of what has been agreed upon by the Executive that it will present to Parliament for further consultation and debate," Ruhindi said.
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Ruhindi termed the allegations by the civil society that government got no political will to present the reforms as "insulting" to the Executive.
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While Presenting the National Consultative Forum (NCF) proposed reforms to Speaker Rebecca Kadaga, Ruhindi was accompanied by Electoral Commission Chairman, Badru Kiggundu, National Consultative Forum Secretary Sam Rwakoojo, also Secretary of the Electoral Commission.
The proposed reforms include among others, the registration and voting of Ugandans living in the diaspora beginning with East African Countries, reviewing the recruitment and identification process of members of Electoral Commission through engagement of the Judicial Service Commission in consultation with all stakeholders including political parties and others.