Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda has said that Government is committed to having a free and fair elections come 2016.
Rugunda was speaking at a breakfast meeting with the Uganda Parliamentary Press Association at the Office of the Prime Minister.
He noted that democracy is pertinent to government since it is point number one of the ten point program of the National Resistance Movement (NRM).
“Government is committed to having elections on time and ensuring that the necessary legislative reforms to ensure a free and fair election are in place, well in time before the elections are held”, said Rugunda.
Rugunda said that the country must have well prepared and credible elections.
Rugunda said that there has been a cabinet committee which has reviewed a set of reforms as government but their tabling on the floor of Parliament is being delayed by the opposition and civil society who have been working on some proposals.
He said that the opposition and civil society asked government to accommodate their proposals and that is the reason for the delay.
“We are trying to get all our opinions in, so some of them have been having big meetings in this direction and collecting views and we are trying to accommodate them before the final proposals are considered by cabinet”, said Rugunda.
Meanwhile, last week civil society organizations petitioned Parliament with a Citizen’s Compact on Free and Fair Elections.
Among their demands are a freshly constituted Electoral Commission and the selection of the commissioners and the electoral staff to follow a process of open application, public hearings and scrutiny conducted by the Judicial Service Commission.
They want the successful applicants to be vetted by Parliament and upon approval be submitted to the President for issuance of instruments of appointment.