Government to table Electoral Reforms

Government is to set to table election amendment bills that will see changes in nomination fees, polling times and permitting polling officers to vote.

At Least 25 Bills were passed into law by the ninth parliament
At Least 25 Bills were passed into law by the ninth parliament

This information is contained in a communication to Members of Parliament from the Office of the Clerk to Parliament notifying them about the recall of Parliament from recess.

The Clerk Mrs. Jane Kibirige said the House will, tomorrow, Tuesday 22nd September 2015 consider the Presidential Elections (Amendment) Bill, 2015; the Parliamentary Elections (Amendment) Bill, 2015; and the Electoral Commission (Amendment) Bill, 2015.

“This is to notify you that Parliament has been recalled and is scheduled to sit on Tuesday,22nd September 2015 at 10.00am to consider the bills,” the Clerk said in the communication.

The Presidential Elections (Amendment) Bill, 2015 seeks to revise the nomination fees payable; to revise the facilitation provided for a presidential candidate; to remove the requirement for a candidate to campaign in every district; to provide for polling to close at 4.00pm on polling day and to require the Electoral Commission to provide for persons engaged in electoral activities or on duty in specific professions or areas vote.

The Parliamentary Elections (Amendment) Bill, 2015 seeks to also revise the nomination fees; provide for closure of polls at 4.00pm and to provide for persons engaged in the electoral activities or on duty in specific professions or areas to vote.

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