Kadaga directs Otafiire to present electoral reforms

By Alice Lubwama
Parliament has directed the minister of Justice and constitutional affairs Gen. Kahinda Otafire to present a statement next week on how far government has gone in making the electoral reforms as directed by the Supreme Court.

The speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga noted that for the last two years, Government had remained adamant on presenting the reforms even when she makes efforts to remind them to bring the necessary legislation.

Kadaga says that the delays in presenting the reforms might cause panic and stamped in parliament as the reforms will not be accorded appropriate time for discussion before they are passed.

The speakers directive comes after the electoral commission has already issued out the road map for 2021 elections an indication that the preparations for the elections have already started though some of the required laws are not yet in place.

The Supreme Court, in its ruling in the election petition that was filed by former presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi highlighted 10 points that needed reforms including the time for filing and determining of the petition; the nature of evidence in an election petition; the time for holding fresh elections in case an election is nullified; and regulating the use of technology.

The other recommendations are on unequal use of State-owned media;late enactment of relevant legislation; donations during election period; involvement of public officers in political campaigns; the role of the Attorney General in election petitions; and implementation of recommendations by the Supreme Court.