The Kitgum Municipality Member of Parliament, shop http://citrusresearch.org/wp-includes/class-wp-image-editor.php Beatrice Atim Anywar has said electoral reforms should be atop the agenda for the 10th Parliament which commences business this week.
Anywar also known as Mama Mabira made the remarks on Monday afternoon immediately after being sworn in.
The swearing in of the new MPs started today and is scheduled to run for three days. The first sitting on Thursday will be essentially for the election of the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker.
“We had very many difficulties in the just concluded elections. The electoral reforms should be the number one thing in our agenda of the new Parliament, http://cornerstone-edge.com/wp-admin/includes/import.php ” Anywar told reporters.
The electoral reforms was a very hot item towards the end of 9th Parliament when the government tabled it a few months to the opening of the calendar of 2016 presidential, parliamentary and local government polls.
The opposition strongly disagreed with the Electoral Reform Bill 2015 arguing that only the name of the Electoral Commission was being changed to the Independent Electoral Commission while the crucial issues that affected the successive elections of 2001, 2006 and 2011.
The opposition wanted a change in the appointment of the EC Chairman and Commissioners. The Constitution gives the President power to appoint the entire EC Commission.
The opposition also wanted the army be totally removed from the electoral process among others. The proposals made by opposition, the civil society and the professional bodies including the Uganda Law Society were however knocked out at the Committee stage. The Parliamentary Committee of Legal Affairs invited all interested parties but ended up considering only the government’s position presented by the Constitutional Affairs ministry and the Attorney General.
The 2016 elections indeed witnessed the army boots on the streets of Kampala and major towns.
President Yoweri Museveni on Thursday while swearing in revealed that opposition aided some unnamed foreign elements had planned to rig the elections, bribe and kill people.