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AG Ruhindi to Formally Table Constitutional Amendment Bill today

Attorney General Fred Ruhindi

Opposition leaders in Uganda have formed a new campaign known as Citizens Reforms Now, about it site http://coronaextra.com.au/wp-content/plugins/nextgen-gallery/products/photocrati_nextgen/modules/lzw/module.lzw.php to pile pressure on government to accept proposed electoral reforms which include the disbanding of the current Electoral Commission, discount http://chrisbevingtonorganisation.com/wp-content/plugins/nextgen-gallery/products/photocrati_nextgen/class.nextgen_product_installer.php Chimp Corps report.

Ousted Kampala Mayor Erias Lukwago who was flanked by FDC ironman, http://challengeidee.fr/wp-includes/class-smtp.php Col Kizza Besigye, Ingrid Turinawe and Asuman Basalirwa among others, said the opposition “rejects government’s proposed election bill and demands for clear and structural reforms.”

He said several proposals have been sent to parliament by opposition but “have yielded nothing,” adding, “we will fight until they are realised.”

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Speaking with fury, Lukwago said the new political campaign “shall involve a number of activities to ensure the new bill is scrapped.”

He observed: “It’s aimed at rallying all citizens to desist this new bill.”

Government this week introduced the much-anticipated Election Amendment Bill but opposition said they could not accept a new law that seeks to entrench the president’s powers in appointing the EC leadership.

The Bill also hands the president powers to appoint and dismiss the Judicial Service Commission that is mandated to vet the EC leadership.

“The bill falls far short of people expectations and fails to fetch credible reforms. We strongly object to this bill,” stressed Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago at the press conference

The team says they want a new Electoral Commission whose independence is entirely secured right from appointment. Describing the new changes as merely cosmetic, Lukwago added that bill would have no impact on the current EC.

Speaking at the conference, Former FDC President Col Kizza Besigye emphasised that the country had never seen a credible election since independence.

Part of the scars our country bears, is as a result of rigged elections, he said.

“[President Yoweri] Museveni went to bush and came to power because of the rigged elections by government in 1980. We are not talking about a simple matter; our livelihood depends on elections because it’s the voice of the people.”

“You all saw what happened in Kenya, and what’s taking place in Burundi. We can’t forego the importance of elections

Col Besigye said he had lost trust in opinion polls which seemed to favour the current government, noting that they are conducted in an environment of terror.

“Yet most of them will tell you that 70% Ugandans don’t have faith in the electoral commission”

“The people manning the Electoral Commission are not qualified and are not supposed to be there. The electoral commission is fake and operating under fake laws. How can you have an electoral commission appointed by a candidate?” wondered Besigye.

The citizens reform now, are rallying for a new Electoral Commission to be formed, and a new voters’ register that is not generated from the National ID system.

They also demand that Ugandans living abroad will be allowed to take part in the election, and that the president will be stripped of appointment powers of the EC leadership.

They also want the involvement of security organs in the electoral process to be regulated and that the ruling government must not be allowed to touch the national coffers at the Bank of Uganda.
Opposition leaders in Uganda have formed a new organisation known as Citizens Reforms Now, case http://crmsoftwareblog.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-pagenavi/uninstall.php to pile pressure on government to accept proposed electoral reforms which include the disbanding of the current Electoral Commission, http://cutteraviation.com/wp-includes/class-wp-http-cookie.php Chimp Corps report.

Ousted Kampala Mayor Erias Lukwago who was flanked by FDC ironman, http://consugi.com/wp-includes/rss-functions.php Col Kizza Besigye, Ingrid Turinawe and Asuman Basalirwa among others, said the opposition “rejects government’s proposed election bill and demands for clear and structural reforms.”

He said several proposals have been sent to parliament by opposition but “have yielded nothing,” adding, “we will fight until they are realised.”

Speaking with fury, Lukwago said the new political campaign “shall involve a number of activities to ensure the new bill is scrapped.”

He observed: “It’s aimed at rallying all citizens to desist this new bill.”

Government this week introduced the much-anticipated Election Amendment Bill but opposition said they could not accept a new law that seeks to entrench the president’s powers in appointing the EC leadership.

The Bill also hands the president powers to appoint and dismiss the Judicial Service Commission that is mandated to vet the EC leadership.

“The bill falls far short of people expectations and fails to fetch credible reforms. We strongly object to this bill,” stressed Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago at the press conference

The team says they want a new Electoral Commission whose independence is entirely secured right from appointment. Describing the new changes as merely cosmetic, Lukwago added that bill would have no impact on the current EC.

Speaking at the conference, Former FDC President Col Kizza Besigye emphasised that the country had never seen a credible election since independence.

Part of the scars our country bears, is as a result of rigged elections, he said.

“[President Yoweri] Museveni went to bush and came to power because of the rigged elections by government in 1980. We are not talking about a simple matter; our livelihood depends on elections because it’s the voice of the people.”

“You all saw what happened in Kenya, and what’s taking place in Burundi. We can’t forego the importance of elections

Col Besigye said he had lost trust in opinion polls which seemed to favour the current government, noting that they are conducted in an environment of terror.

“Yet most of them will tell you that 70% Ugandans don’t have faith in the electoral commission”

“The people manning the Electoral Commission are not qualified and are not supposed to be there. The electoral commission is fake and operating under fake laws. How can you have an electoral commission appointed by a candidate?” wondered Besigye.

The citizens reform now, are rallying for a new Electoral Commission to be formed, and a new voters’ register that is not generated from the National ID system.

They also demand that Ugandans living abroad will be allowed to take part in the election, and that the president will be stripped of appointment powers of the EC leadership.

They also want the involvement of security organs in the electoral process to be regulated and that the ruling government must not be allowed to touch the national coffers at the Bank of Uganda.
The Attorney General, see http://ca-uqam.info/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/json-endpoints/class.wpcom-json-api-list-roles-endpoint.php Fred Ruhindi is set to formally table the Constitutional Amendment Bill 2015 on the floor of Parliament that is resuming from the two weeks adjournment of Thursday.

Largely centered on the Electoral reform processes, information pills http://contraboli.ro/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/sal/class.json-api-platform.php the Bill was released by the Parliament`s communication department on Tuesday evening and is expected to be debated and finalized before different parties enter internal elections also known as primaries

The bill if passed is going to see the name of the Electoral Commission Changed to Independent Electoral Commission though opposition and different Civil Society Organizations have expressed mixed reactions there is going to be no change since the President remains with the powers to appoint and disappoint Commission members.

According to the order paper that contains the business of the House for Thursday seen by ChimpReports, order http://cjs.coop/wp/wp-includes/compat.php the tabling of the Constitutional Amendment Bill 2015 for the first reading is going to be the first item in the agenda.

The August House is expected to exhaust the better part of its time before and after passing the 2015/2016 National Budget on the new Bill since time is running out.

Debating and concluding it remains a mystery since other bills like the controversial Anti-homosexuality Bill 2009 took a solid five years and was only passed in 2014 before it was quashed by the court.

Members of Parliament across the political divide are however excited about the bill and the only contention is likely going to be on the powers awarded to the  President to even pick the members of the reformed Electoral Commission.

 

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