Shadow Attorney General Wilfred Niwagaba unanimously got cleared by fellow members of parliament on Friday, two weeks on from being granted leave by Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah to present a Private Members’ Bill seeking among other things major electoral reforms in the constitution.
Earlier this year, both the NRM government through the Attorney General William Byaruhanga and the Opposition in Parliament tabled contrasting reforms to the constitution regarding the electoral process.
However, it was the Attorney General who first moved a motion suggesting electoral reforms within the constitution.
Consequently, his motion was accepted and allowed to go through the necessary parliamentary procedures required to formalize it.
Among the Attorney Generals suggested reforms is a controversial clause, clause 10 a of the Parliamentary Elections Bill that states thus:
“a person is eligible for an election as an independent if that person is not a member of a registered political party.”
The Attorney General’s reforms sparked controversy in Mbale earlier last week when the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee presented it to the youths of Bugisu Sub Region for assessment.
Shortly after moving a motion in Parliament seeking electoral reforms, the Attorney General was joined by his direct opposite Shadow Attorney General Wilfred in moving a motion for reforms by the opposition.
The opposition subsequently made ten proposals for reforming the electoral process in the constitution including, reinstating and entrenching presidential term limits, making a deputy president a running mate to the president during elections and the scrapping of the Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) representatives from parliament and other institutions.
Now Niwagaba awaits on the Clerk to Parliament to publish his Bill in the gazette before it is read for the first time.