Uganda’s Electoral Commission Chairperson, Dr. Badru Kiggundu says he is not aware of any plans to postpone the 2016 elections.
Dr. Kiggundu was responding to report s in a local tabloid and online publications claiming that there is a Bill in offing asking that the elections of the President, Parliamentarians and Local Government leaders be postponed by five years to allow a number of electoral reforms to take shape.
He says any attempts to postpone the elections would be unconstitutional.
Kiggundu in an interview with local media maintains that the commission’s road-map towards the 2016 general elections is on course with some aspects already implemented as planned.
Nomination for Presidential, Parliamentary and local government candidates according to the Commission’s road-map is planned for 30th October 2015 while the elections are set for between February 12th and March 15th 2016.
The road map had suggested that amendments to the electoral laws in the country should have been completed by end of this month so that the commission has ample time to prepare for the elections in line with the new laws.
Kiggundu however says the National Consultative forum between political parties and the Electoral commission are still waiting for cabinet to begin the process of amending the laws.
One of the laws that the commission wants to be in place before the next elections is the code of conduct for political parties and organizations. The code of conduct was considered during the last two parliaments without approval.
The Commission expects to spend over trillion shillings to fund various activities for the 2015/2016 elections.