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Elgon Region Voters Reject Electoral Reforms Amendment

They also opposed the proposed Political Parties and Organizations Bill which introduces a code of conduct for political parties and organizations saying the political parties have their own laws which govern them.
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Voters in the Elgon sub-region have rejected the amendments in the Electoral Reforms.

This was on Thursday during a consultative meeting by the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee at Mbale district headquarters with local government leaders, residents, the youth, cultural, religious and opinion leaders across the Mount Elgon region.    

They opposed amendment of section 22 of principal Act. Section 22 subsection I which seeks to substitute the word "constituency" with the word district in the Electoral Commission amendment bill 2019.  

They also opposed the proposed Political Parties and Organizations Bill which introduces a code of conduct for political parties and organizations saying the political parties have their own laws which govern them.

Others include the Presidential Elections (Amendments) Bill which proposed provisions that will require a candidate to declare to the Electoral Commission within 14 days after their nomination day, the source of the funds for financing his/her campaign.  

Asumin Nasike, the district female councillor Sironko district said that it is not practical to have two districts in one and therefore the status quo should be maintained.

 She also opposed the amendment that seeks candidates to have joint rallies saying that it could cause citing Arua by-election.   

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Kassim Madagi, the youth Councillor Mbale Municipality said that it is not practical for a member to wait to be discharged by the party before contesting for any position.   

He said that the constitution has sections that regulate political parties and subjecting independent candidates to new laws like ceasing to be a member of a political party 12 months before contesting will call for an amendment of the constitution.   

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Yusuf Makweta, Elgon Region representative of Citizen Coalition of Electoral Democracy-CCEDU told the MPs that the amendment of the local government bill on age limit is regressive to the country and called for restoration of both term and age limits.

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Abas Wetaka, the chairperson of UPC in Mbale said that it is not proper for government to create a code of conduct for political parties yet they also have constitutions which have rules that regulate them.   

Wetaka also agitated for the need for an independent electoral commission.

 

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Last month, the Attorney General William Byaruhanga tabled a number of bills on electoral reforms, they included Parliamentary and Presidential Elections Bills, Political Parties and Organizations bill, Electoral Commission amendment bill and the Local government amendment bill.         

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