Oulanyah Calls for Quorum Over Constitutional Amendments

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Oulanyah noted that Parliaments Legal Committee had entered final stages of finalizing the report on the proposed constitutional amendments by government and that it would soon be coming on the floor of Parliament for debate.

Parliament's Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah has appealed to whips of different parties in Parliament to ensure attendance of Members of Parliament as debate on the Constitutional Amendment bill, 2015 nears.

Oulanyah noted that Parliament's Legal Committee had entered final stages of finalizing the report on the proposed constitutional amendments by government and that it would soon be coming on the floor of Parliament for debate.


Jacob Oulanyah equally asked Members of Parliament to suspend other activities so that  the Constitutional Amendments and other Electoral Reform Laws are debated and enacted.

//Cue in: "it is important…          

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Rule 23(3) of Parliament's Rules of Procedure quorum of one hundred and twenty five members quorum out of 385-member parliament to be present at all stages of considering bills.  
 
Parliament has in the recent past however been faced with lack of quorum as legislators prepare for the upcoming elections.

In April, Government presented the Constitutional Amendment Bill, 2015 seeking to amend sections of the election-related articles of the constitution.  

The Bill which comes for debate has been highly criticized by the opposition groups, Legal fraternity and Civil Society groups. Many of whom blamed government for lacking goodwill in ensuring genuine electoral reforms as demanded in the past. 

The Bill if enacted into law will change the name of Electoral Commission to Independent Electoral Commission.
The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2015, also gives the President Powers to appoint the EC commissioners with the approval of Parliament.  It also provides for how members of the Commission would be removed from office.

Other proposed constitutional reforms,  include  a proposal to amend Article 144 of the Constitution to increase the retirement age of Justices of the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal from 70 years to 75 years and from 65 years to 75 years in the case of judges.

The bill also proposed corporate status for the Inspectorate of Government and the establishment of city land boards. It further proposed setting up a Salaries and Remuneration Board to set salaries for civil servants and public officers including Members of Parliament among others.
 
 
 

 

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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.