Although the committee sought answers from Muntu on whether he faced rights violations throughout his campaign, he told the members that all the problems the country is facing stems from their actions such as the removal of the presidential term limits, presidential age cap and failure to act on the Supreme Court decisions and recommendations for electoral reforms.
In their final report after the 2016 polls, the European Union Elections Observer Mission made 30 recommendations that needed to be given priority to improve Uganda's elections. They include granting the Electoral Commission sole regulatory power to regulate essential parts of the electoral process, including voter registration, polling, tallying and electoral dispute system prior and during the election.
The JEEMA party Chairperson, Muhammad Kibirge Mayanja, says that campaigning outside the specified campaign time is a minor offence and shouldn’t constitute an offence for which candidates should be punished with 48 currency points or jail of up to 2 years.
Dr. Gerald Siranda, the Acting DP Secretary General told URN that by the time they arrived at parliament, MPs had dispersed. "We were supposed to appear at 3pm and when we contacted the Chairperson, he said that the committee's earlier meetings had failed forcing the MPs to disperse. He gave us a new appointment for Tuesday next week," said Siranda.
Shafik Ntege the Luweero District National Resistance Movement Administrative secretary and Godfrey Kaddu defended the amendment saying they will help to strengthen the parties and instill discipline in members.
The Parliamentary Committee which was tasked to scrutinize the proposed amendments resolved to kick start the review of the Bills with regional consultations. Committee Chairperson Jacob Marksons Oboth says they need 200 million Shillings to cater for daily allowances of the 29 committee members and technical staff for a period of one week.
In his motion, Niwagaba who represents Ndorwa East recounted that the Supreme Court recommended the overhaul of the electoral law to align it with the dictates of free and fair elections noting that the need for free and fair elections remains an outcry of many Ugandans and that many Articles of the Constitution.
Richard Ssewakiryanga, the Executive Director NGO forum, says the proposals are misguided since they target independent candidates, pressure groups and voting by security forces but leave out the recommendations by the Supreme Court.
It stemmed from orders issued by the Supreme Court on electoral reforms in its judgment on the 2016 Amama Mbabazi Presidential election petition. In its judgment, the panel of nine Supreme Court judges led by the Chief Justice Bart Katureebe directed the Attorney General to implement ten orders so as to improve electoral democracy in the country.